Boating in Georgia

Boating Handbook

Our Boating Handbook contains rules, safety and other information. You may also visit for more information.

Before You Go

Register Your Boat

Georgia law requires registration on all mechanically-propelled vessels used on "waters of this state" as well as sailboats over twelve feet in length used on "waters of this state." "Waters of this state" means any waters within the territorial limits of this state and the marginal sea adjacent to this state and the high seas when navigated as a part of a journey or ride to or from the shore of this state. This definition shall not include privately-owned ponds or lakes not open to the public. O.C.G.A. §52-7-3(26) Vessels may be registered online, in person at participating locations, or by phone.

Required Equipment ChecklistSPLASH! Logo

Make sure you're properly equipped before heading out onto the water.

SPLASH! Wear It!

Learn how to keep you and your family safe around water by using lifejackets, as well as other tips.

Boating Education

As of July 1, 2014, all persons born on or after January 1, 1998 that operate any motorized vessel on the waters of the state must have completed a boat education course approved by the department prior to such operation.

Places to Boat

Boating Interactive Map

Use this interactive map to find boating opportunities near you.

Boat Ramps

Georgia has over 140 public boat ramps around the state. Use the map to find boat ramps in your area!


Public Fishing Areas offer opportunities to fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.


Certain Wildlife Management Areas located on lakes or rivers offer boating access.

State Parks

Many Georgia state parks with lakes offer boat ramps, docks, rentals and marinas.