Because many different types of recreators may be sharing a boating area, show respect by operating at safe speeds and keeping an adequate distance from others. Due to their limited maneuverability, give sailboats and other non-motorized craft a wide berth. Remember, you are responsible for any damage your boat, or the wake from your boat, may cause.
Find boating education information and classes in Montana. [Learn more]
Immersion in cold water can kill in just minutes—the colder the water, the greater the risk. One's swimming ability does not improve one's chances of survival. [Learn more]
It is illegal and dangerous to operate a motorboat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This award winning video shows real life consequences when some people choose to drink alcohol and then operator a personal watercraft. [Watch video ]
Use a checklist as a guide before you launch your watercraft.
U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Safety Checklist
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Here you will find a few safety tips about loading your boat. [Learn more]
The FWP Video Library offers short videos about boating safety.
Boating articles from Montana Outdoors, the magazine of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks