All Getmyboat operators must follow local rules and regulations when operating. This means getting the necessary registrations, permits, and meeting requirements for your boat and captain. You also need to use the right docks and designated areas for commercial activities, as well as comply with any other local laws and facility rules.

For boating on Lake Lewisville, there are multiple regulating authorities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) oversees boating regulations statewide, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages commercial boating permits. Additionally, the city has its own specific rules for commercial boating on the lake, which complement the existing regulations.

To conduct business on Government property, you must get written permission from the USACE. This includes various activities like events with watercraft fees, vendor operations, races, tournaments, and business advertising. Make sure to seek authorization from the District Commander before starting any advertising activities.

Party Boat Operator License:

To operate a charter boat on inland waters, excluding sailboats, that is at least 30 feet long and carries more than six passengers, you must obtain a Party Boat Operator License. This requirement can be waived if you already possess a USCG OUPV License or a Captain's License of a higher level.

More information can be found here for the Party Boat License

USCG License:

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USACE Permit:

To engage in specific boating endeavors on Lake Whitney, obtaining a permit from the USACE is necessary. Before applying for this permit, it is advisable to reach out to the Fort Worth District office to discuss your project . They can assist you in assessing whether a permit is necessary and provide guidance on the application procedure. For further details regarding USACE permits, please refer to the information available on the Fort Worth District website


Operating a boat for hire on Lake Whitney requires the appropriate commercial insurance coverage. This coverage is essential for passenger safety, business protection, and legal compliance. To learn more about the necessary insurance coverage, please contact our partner Boat Charter Insurance


To register your boat, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • The boat's hull identification number (HIN)
  • The boat's length
  • The type of motor(s) on the boat
  • The date of purchase

Here is a direct link to update or get a new Registration in the State of Texas

Additional information

  • Your boat's registration and titling are obligatory for all motorized boats, without regard to their length. Additionally, sailboats measuring 14 feet or longer or those equipped with auxiliary engine(s) must also comply. USCG Documented vessels need registration, as no title will be issued
  • Your boat must be equipped with the necessary safety gear, including life jackets for each person on board, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, and a sound-producing device.
  • A minimum distance of 30 feet between boats and swimmers must be maintained
  • All commercial boats must have a valid COI from the USACE.
  • If your boat is carrying more than 12 passengers, it must be equipped with a marine radio.
  • Commercial boats must have a clearly visible name and contact information.
  • All boats must comply with the zebra mussel prevention regulations, which require draining and drying of all watercraft and equipment before entering or leaving the lake.

Pick Up / Drop off:

These marinas along Lake Whitney offer various services for commercial boaters, including boat slips, fuel, and bait. To pick up passengers, commercial boaters may need a Commercial Boater Permit from the park, available at the park HQ or by contacting the park office. Displaying the permit and boat inspection certificate on both sides of the vessel is mandatory when picking up passengers. It is recommended to coordinate with marina staff for safe boarding and docking.

  • Lakeside Village Resort Marina:They are be located at 265 FM 927 Morgan, Texas 76671.They can be contacted by phone at (254)775-4444
  • White Bluff Resort Marina: They are be located at 20022 Misty Valley Circle, Whitney Texas 76692. They can be contacted by phone at (254)694-3610

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

Helpful Resources:

If you have any questions about boating regulations on Lake Whitney, you can contact the USACE and TPWD