Marine Events and Local Regulations
Permits for regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades, tournaments, or exhibitions to be held on Iowa state waters must be obtained by applying for authorization from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at least 30 days in advance of the event. If the event is being held on federally controlled waters, a permit from the U.S. Coast Guard may be required. The permit application for an event to be held on Iowa state waters is available online.
Local waterways may have specific equipment and operational restrictions in addition to those covered in this chapter. Be sure to check for local regulations before you go boating.