All Getmyboat operators are required to and are responsible for operating legally within and fully compliant of local guidelines — this includes obtaining proper registrations, passes, permits, etc., meeting vessel and captain requirements, using the correct docks and boating areas for commercial activities, and any other stipulations by your local laws and facility regulations.

To help, we’ve gathered the following essential details for boating in Lake Lewisville.

Lake Lewisville is regulated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for commercial boating permits, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) overseeing statewide boating regulations. The city of also enforces its specific rules for commercial boating activities on the lake, in addition to the existing regulations.

USCG License:

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Party Boat Operator License:

To operate a charter vessel (excluding sailboats) longer than 30 feet, carrying more than six passengers on inland waters, a Party Boat Operator License is mandatory. However, this requirement doesn't apply if the operator already possesses a USCG OUPV License or a Captain's license of a higher level.

More information can be found here for the Party Boat License .

USACE Permit:

To operate a commercial boat on Lake Lewisville, you must obtain a permit from the USACE. To apply for a permit, you will need to provide the following information:

  • The vessel's name and hull identification number
  • The owner's name and address
  • The vessel's length and beam
  • The vessel's type and purpose
  • The vessel's registration number from the TPWD
  • The vessel's insurance information
  • A description of the activities that will be conducted on the lake

The permit application process can be found on the USACE website.


To operate a boat for hire on Lake Lewisville, it's essential to have the appropriate commercial insurance coverage in place. This coverage is crucial for passenger safety, protecting your business, and meeting legal and regulatory obligations. For further information about the necessary insurance coverage, we suggest getting in touch with our partner, BCI.

Pick Up / Drop off

Numerous locations are accessible for boat rental drop-offs and pickups. Let's delve into a couple of these options for a closer look:

  • Little Elm Park: There is a daily rate of $10 paid by credit card only.  They are located at -701 W. Eldorado Parkway Little Elm, TX 75068. They can be reached by calling 972-731-3296
  • Tower Bay: The daily entry rate is $10 paid by credit card only. They are located at 3000 N. Stemmons Freeway. They can be reached by calling 972.219.3550 

It is also important to check with the marina or dock in advance to confirm their passenger pick up and drop off policies.


For the boat registration process, you will be required to furnish the following details:

  • Your personal name and residential address
  • The boat's hull identification number (HIN)
  • The boat's overall length
  • The specifications of the motor(s) installed on the boat
  • The date of purchase

For convenient access to update your registration or obtain a new one in the State of Texas, you can follow this direct link.

Trinity River Authority Permit:

Commercial boats on Lake Livingston must obtain a permit from the Trinity River Authority (TRA) to legally operate. Upon approval, a permit card will be issued, and it must be prominently displayed on the vessel whenever it's in use on Lake Livingston. This measure is implemented to guarantee the lawful and secure operation of commercial vessels.

The permit application process can be found on the TRA website. 

Additional information:

  • Possession of a valid boater education certificate is obligatory, applying to all boaters born after September 1, 1993, who operate motorized watercraft exceeding 15HP or wind-blown vessels over 14ft in length.
  • Registration and titling of your boat in Texas are mandatory, regardless of its size. This requirement extends to sailboats measuring 14 feet or more in length and sailboats equipped with auxiliary engine(s). USCG Documented vessels must also be registered, with no title issuance.
  • Equipping your boat with essential safety gear is crucial, encompassing life jackets for all individuals on board, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, and a sound-producing device.
  • Adherence to all other relevant boating laws and regulations is required, covering aspects such as navigation, anchoring, and fishing.
  • Commercial vessels are restricted from operating within a distance of 100 feet from any public dock or pier, except during passenger pickup or drop-off activities, docking, or anchoring.
  • All boats must comply with zebra mussel prevention regulations, mandating the draining and drying of all watercraft and equipment before entering or departing from the lake.

Here are a few helpful links to help get you started:

For the latest updates on the commercial boat requirements on Lake Lewisville, please refer to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's official website.