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Boating

New York State has more than 7,500 lakes, ponds and reservoirs and over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. Boating on these waterbodies can take the form of canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats and motorboats. Many lakes, ponds and streams in the Forest Preserves are restricted to non-motorized boating.

Places to Boat

Launching boat at ramp

DEC provides many boat access points at campgrounds and fishing access spots in the Adirondack and Catskills. This includes both car top and trailer access sites.

The publication titled "New York State Boat Launching Sites (PDF)" (2.96 MB) has recently been updated. It contains a listing of boating access and launching areas available to the public. Other helpful information on launching and retrieving your boat and aquatic invasive species is included. If interested in obtaining a hard copy of the New York State Boat Launching Sites Directory, send an email to Fisheries and include your name, mailing address and publication you are requesting.

Register Your Boat

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registers boats in New York. You can either register your boat online (leaving DEC website) or call the DMV at (518) 473-5595.

Boating Requirements and Safety

For more information about boating requirements & boating safety, please call the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation (OPRHP) at (518) 474-0456 or visit the OPRHP boating page (leaving DEC website).

Don't Spread Aquatic Invasive Species!

Boats, trailers, waders and other fishing equipment can spread invasive species from waterbody to waterbody unless properly cleaned after use. New regulations now prohibit boats from launching from or leaving DEC launch sites without first draining the boat and cleaning the boat, trailer and equipment of visible plant and animal material. Many New York counties, towns and villages also have laws in place that prohibit the transport of aquatic invasive species on boats, trailers and equipment. Although some invasive species such as water milfoil are readily visible to the human eye, many others are too small to be readily noticed.

To avoid spreading invasive species please follow the following guidelines or view our step by step guide to cleaning your boat and equipment:

1. Inspect your equipment; and REMOVE any visible mud, plants, fish or animals before transporting equipment.

2. Eliminate all water from equipment before transporting.

3. Clean and Dry anything that comes into contact with water including boats, trailers, waders, bait buckets and other boating and fishing equipment. Boaters should be particularly cognizant of bait & live wells and bilge areas that are difficult to dry.

4. Disinfect if you cannot dry equipment.

5. Never release plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

Inspect, clean and dry, and disinfect your equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species!

Marina, Lake Associations and Private Boat Launch Operators

Help us prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance invasive species by installing an Invasive Species Disposal Station at your facility. Also provided are standard signs reminding users to check, clean, drain, dry and disinfect their boats and equipment before using it at another location. These files can be downloaded and printed on a desktop printer for indoor applications or taken to a sign shop for mounting on weather resistant materials.

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More about Boating:

  • Onondaga Lake Navigation - Boating safety on Onondaga Lake has been enhanced due to the addition of navigational buoys.