Boating

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Minnesota's waterways are an exciting destination for boaters. Whether you want to paddle your canoe down a lazy stream, guide your kayak through a raging torrent, pull the kids on an inner tube behind your boat on an inland lake, or even troll for Coho salmon on the mighty Lake Superior, you can do it all in Minnesota.

To see information on a specific access,  go to Lake Finder, search for a waterbody and choose the water access link from the left hand menu. The dock details section will show if the dock has been installed.

Boaters can help by inspecting ramp conditions before launching their watercraft to ensure there are no hazardous conditions present. If a boat ramp is not yet ready for use, boaters can locate alternate access sites by visiting mndnr.gov/wateraccess.

Learn about local water restrictions

Boating Study Underway
The DNR is completing a survey of Minnesota boaters to learn about their 2020 boating experiences. We are no longer accepting survey responses. This research project will help us understand boating trends, provide quality boating opportunities, and improve boat and water safety. The results will be available later this year.

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Public water access is closer than you might think!

Launch your craft for a great day on the water.
Find a public water access »

clean in. Clean out.

Clean in. Clean out.

Clean your watercraft, drain all water, dispose of unused bait.
Learn what you need to do. »