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For state boating law information, contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at: 515-725-8200 or

For federal boating laws, visit the U.S. Coast Guard’s boating safety website at:

Information in this handbook does not replace what is specifically legal for boating in Iowa, which is found in Iowa Code and federal law.

What is a vessel?

In this handbook, the term “vessel” means every type of watercraft, other than a seaplane, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water or ice.

What are the federal reservoirs in Iowa?

Federal Reservoirs in Iowa include Saylorville, Red Rock, Rathbun, and Coralville Reservoirs.