The Handbook of Texas Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Texas Parks and Wildlife - Web Version
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Where to Find Additional Information
This handbook is a guide to Texas boating laws for recreational boaters. The publication BOAT TEXAS: A Course on Responsible Boating gives additional information on safe boat handling and practices.
For more advanced information, see:
- U.S. Coast Guard’s Navigation Rules
- Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Boat Handling
by Elbert S. Maloney
- The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
by Mark Smith and John Rousmaniere
For more information and to stay abreast of new boating laws, call Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at: 1-800-792-1112
This handbook is based on laws valid through August 31, 2017. Information in this handbook may change due to actions taken by the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission, or the U.S. Coast Guard. This handbook does not take the place of the current regulations that can be found in A Digest of the Texas Water Safety Act.