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Boating

Fishing Regulations Georgia Freshwater Fishing

Boat Registration

  • All boats that carry any means of mechanical propulsion (electric trolling motor and/or gas motor) and all sailboats 12 feet and longer must be registered.

  • A Boat Registration Application can be downloaded from www.goboatgeorgia.com
  • You may register or renew online at www.goboatgeorgia.com
  • Register or renew by phone at 800-366-2661.
  • Georgia honors all other states’ registrations, provided the boat is not used in excess of 60 consecutive days in Georgia.

Personal Flotation Devices

  • A wearable personal flotation device (PFD) is required for each person aboard a vessel. PFDs must be readily accessible to all occupants, in good and serviceable condition, legibly marked with the US Coast Guard approved number, and of appropriate size for the occupants. One Type IV throwable device must also be on board all vessels except Class A vessels (boats less than 15’ 11” which also includes personal-watercraft, canoes and kayaks).
  • Children under age 13 must wear a PFD when the vessel is under way, unless the child is within a fully enclosed cabin.
  • PFDs must be worn by each person aboard a vessel in an area marked as “hazardous area.”

Outboard Motor Restrictions

  • No motor in excess of 9.9 hp may be operated on the Ogeechee River upstream of State Hwy 119.
  • No motor in excess of 25 hp may be operated on Lake Juliette or Lake Tugalo.
  • Georgia State Park lakes often have boat and motor restrictions. Check with the Park Office at each park for details.

Boating Safety

  • No vessel may be operated over idle speed within 100 feet of any moored or anchored vessel, vessel adrift, or any wharf, pier, piling, or persons in the water, or shoreline next to a full-time or part-time residence, public park, public beach, public swimming area, marina, restaurant, or other public use area.
  • Recreation boaters in coastal waters please note: Tybee, Sea Island, St. Simons, and Jekyll Islands have temporal (May 1 – Sept. 30) 1,000 ft. safety zones.
  • Alcohol and boats do not mix! It is unlawful to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • To learn requirements for operating your boat please visit www.goboatgeorgia.com or obtain the Handbook of Georgia Boating Laws from any DNR Law Enforcement Office.
  • To learn about a boating safety course please visit www.goboatgeorgia.com or contact the Boating Education Coordinator at 770-918-6414 or any DNR Law Enforcement Office (see Contact Information & Offices).

See www.goboatgeorgia.com for complete boating regulations.