The lake is famous for its clear water, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife. It's the state's largest man-made lake, with over 400 miles of shoreline and 41,000 acres of water, making it perfect for boating, fishing, swimming, and water sports.

All GetMyBoat operators must follow local rules and regulations, including getting the right permits, meeting vessel and captain requirements, and using approved docks and areas for commercial activities. We've gathered important details to help you boat on Lake Martin.

Vessel Registration:

Every commercial watercraft on Lake Martin must undergo registration with the Alabama Marine Police Division. This requirement applies to boats used for passenger transportation, those used for renting watercraft, and those offering various commercial services on the lake. Contact the ALEA for information on how to register your vessel.


Every commercial watercraft operating on Lake Martin must undergo an annual inspection conducted by the Alabama Marine Police Division. This inspection is designed to verify the vessel's adherence to all relevant safety regulations.


It is essential to have commercial liability insurance to safeguard your business from financial challenges in case of accidents. GetMyBoat does not provide insurance directly on its platform. Operators of watercraft must ensure they have adequate insurance that covers their vessels for rentals or charters. Please reach out to BCI for more information.

Commercial Boat Permit:

To start a boat rental service on Lake Martin, you need a county business license. Before renting, you must register your boat with the Marine Patrol Division as a Livery Vessel. You must also have a rental agreement onboard, confirming the renter received safety instructions and that you follow the agreement terms. Everyone involved must sign it, and the renter must confirm they have no boater safety issues. Meeting Alabama's rental business requirements is a must for anyone renting their boat.

Please call the Marine Patrol Division at (334) 676-6005 for more information.

USCG License:

In Alabama, if an individual wishes to lease their boat while also serving as the captain they need a 6-Pack License from the U.S. Coast Guard for boats carrying up to 6 passengers. Boats with more passengers require a Master License and stricter safety standards. In Alabama, all commercial boats must be registered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the state. When you hire a captain, state laws apply, and it's the captain's responsibility to follow them while operating the boat, but the owner still holds some responsibility for ensuring safe and lawful operation.

Boating Safety Certificate:

Alabama law mandates that any individual operating a motorized boat, who is older than 12 years of age, must successfully complete a boater safety course and possess a valid boater education card. Visit Boat-Ed for addition details.

Passenger Pick Up/ Drop Off:

Numerous places provide designated passenger areas for boat rentals, making drop-offs and pickups convenient. It's essential to check the pickup and drop-off guidelines with the marina or dock before finalizing your plans.

  • Public Lake Martin Boat Ramp: in Alexander City, AL
  • Smith Landing boat ramp in Dadeville, AL,
  • HWY 34 Public Boat Ramp in Dadeville, AL

Additional Regulations:

  • Commercial boats are not allowed to exceed speeds of 45 mph.
  • Boats are restricted from operating within 100 feet of swimming areas, docks, and other boats.
  • Commercial boats cannot operate in designated "no wake" zones.
  • Anyone who charges for fishing trips in Alabama's salt and brackish waters must obtain a commercial party boat license.
  • All boats on the water must have the following safety equipment: a life jacket for each person on board, a fire extinguisher, a sound-producing device, and a visual distress signal.

For more information please contact the Alabama Marine Patrol by phone (334)676-6005 or email