The Official Michigan Boat Safety Handbook

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

The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities

The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities is the official boating handbook developed for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The handbook introduces you to Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan boating handbook is also available in free web and PDF versions.