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 Mead.

Park Pass and Entry:

Before navigating a boat on Lake Mead, ensure you possess a valid vehicle pass for park entry. You can obtain this pass at the entrance stations within the park.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Decals:

All watercraft operating in Nevada waters must display an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal. The decal fees are $13 for watercraft with motors and $6 for those without motors.

Unregistered vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and similar paddle craft capable of retaining water are not covered by the Arizona exemption. Make sure to obtain the appropriate AIS decal.

Obtain your AIS decal here

Arizona Vessels Exemption:

Effective from May 24, 2013, vessels registered in Arizona are exempt from purchasing Nevada's AIS decal for interstate waters, including Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, and the lower Colorado River. This exemption is applicable only to registered vessels on the specified water bodies.

Federal Requirements:

Ensure compliance with the following federal regulations:

  • Display registration numbers on each side of the forward half of the boat.
  • Carry a copy of current state registration documents on board.
  • Provide properly fitting, serviceable life jackets for all occupants.
  • Possess a suitable day and night distress signal (flare, strobe light, etc.).
  • Carry a portable fire extinguisher (specific type required based on vessel).
  • Follow ventilation requirements for your vessel type.
  • Gasoline-powered inboard/outboard or inboard motor boats must have an approved backfire flame control device.
  • Carry a sound-producing device (whistle, horn, etc.) audible for at least 1/2 mile.
  • Ensure all boats, including paddlecraft, can display navigation lights.
  • Boats 26 feet and over with a machinery compartment must display an oily waste pollution placard.
  • Boats 26 feet and over must display a "MARPOL" trash placard. Boats 40 feet and over must also have a written trash disposal plan.
  • Install only Coast Guard approved toilets, with overboard discharge outlets capable of sealing.
  • Boats 39.4 feet and over must carry a current copy of the Navigation Rules.
  • Keep your boat deck free of hazards and maintain a clean bilge.
  • Protect fuses or manual reset circuit breakers from rain or water.
  • Use non-breakable, vapor-tight, leak-proof caps for portable fuel tanks.

Boater Education and Age Restrictions:


Operators of vessels powered by a motor over 15 horsepower and born on or after January 1, 1983, must complete an approved boater education course or proficiency exam.

Personal watercraft operators must be at least 14 years old.

Operators towing water skiers or devices must be at least 16 years old, or at least 14 years old with supervision by a person at least 18 years old.

Nevada Boaters Education Course


Arizona does not require an educational boat or water safety course or certification to operate a boat. Children under 12 years old are prohibited from operating vessels with motors greater than 8 horsepower, including personal watercraft. Exceptions include emergencies, parental presence, or supervision by a person at least 18 years old.

Arizona Boaters Education Course

Important Resources:

Familiarize yourself with Title 36 Parks, Forest, and Public Property.

Refer to the Nevada Boating Laws Handbook for comprehensive information.

Affiliated Partners

  • To obtain a USCG captain license you can reach out to our partner Mariners Learning System.  Use the promo code GETMYBOAT10 for 10% off all products.
  • You can also use our partner Boat Charter Insurance to obtain a commercial insurance policy