Boating Tips for Rentals & New Boaters

  • Michigan has 11,000+ lakes, 3,288 miles of freshwater coastline & 1,300 public access sites – You don’t have to live on the water to get on the water!
  • Entry-level boating packages start at $250.00 a month! There is a boat for every budget, you can afford more than you think!
  • Boating is easy, and a safe way to spend time with your family  – learn more from a local dealer today!

Renting a boat or buying a new boat comes with the responsibility of becoming an educated consumer. From the laws and responsibilities of boating, to being a clean water steward and protecting our freshwater resources, please read this compilation of important information that will make boating safe for everyone on the water! Educated boaters who follow the rules of the water keep regulations from state agencies at bay, and the privilege of boating access available.

The national Discover Boating campaign has a great resource available to choose the right boat type for you based on your needs. Use this tool learn more, and then utilize the Boat Michigan Directory to find the local dealers by boat type or Boat Brand.

Boat Finder Tool

Boating Laws

All boaters need to know Michigan Laws and Responsibilities. The best way to learn is to attend a Boaters Safety Course online or in-person (if available). Boaters born after June 30, 1996 and most personal watercraft operators who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate).





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Be a Clean Water Steward

with tips from the MI Clean Marina Program

Click on the image to the left to see the full brochure on being a good boating steward for Michigan’s water resources and environment. From boating at a Certified Clean Marina, reducing waste and recycling, to petroleum control and avoiding fuel spills and oil leaks– everyone on the water needs to not only know these important practices, but also know WHY they are advised – to keep our waterways clean and to keep the privilege of water access available in Michigan. Read More.



Boating How To’s

and other Resources from Discover Boating

Check out the Discover Boating YouTube Channel for video How-To’s, like launching your boat, Knot tying, and many more resources. Click on the image to the left for Boat Ownership Basics like insuring your boat, safety practices and more. Visit to learn more!