The Official Illinois Boat Safety Handbook

Stay up to date with IL laws governing boating and safe boat operation with the boating handbook of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and Responsibilities

The Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and Responsibilities is the official boating handbook developed for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The handbook introduces you to Illinois laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation.

Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on Illinois waterways is the responsibility of all boaters.

Topics include:

  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Free Version

This Illinois boating handbook is also available in free web and PDF versions.