In Montana youths 13 and 14 years of age may operate a motorboat or a personal watercraft powered by a motor rated at more than 10 horsepower only if:
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The Handbook of Montana Boating Laws and Responsibilities summarizes Montana's boating laws and regulations. It supplies the information that most boaters need to know about operating their watercraft in Montana.
Boating safety courses are available in several ways to help you get the training you need:
Float Smart is an interactive program for anglers or water recreationists who use one-person pontoon boats. Instructor T.E. Lewis will use video, classroom discussion and on the water demonstrations to cover the basics of inflatable pontoon use, cold water survival, personal protective gear, and what to do when something goes wrong or equipment breaks. This program will open your eyes to circumstances you may never have considered.
Call the contact person listed for more information about the training. To view related safety videos, visit Float Smart.
1 – 4 pm
Montana Wild and Spring Meadow Lake State Park
10 am – 1 pm
Lone Pine State Park and Foys Lake
10 am – 1 pm
FWP Office and Lake Elmo State Park
Paddle Fest is a free event that offers the community an introduction to different paddling sports, and promotes safe, responsible boating and the use of life jackets when on the water.