Public water access

water access

Public water accesses are open 24 hours a day unless posted. They are available for both trailer and carry-in. 12-18 foot boats can be launched at most launch ramps; some can handle larger boats. There are no launch fees, unless the access is located in a park requiring a vehicle permit. Looking for a new spot to launch your boat? Check out our maps!

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, use the LakeFinder to locate alternate access sites.

launching a boat from a trailer

Clean in. Clean out.

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

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Best management practices

Information for access providers and resource managers.

Aquatic invasive species »
Stormwater and shoreline »

Current conditions

Contact the nearest DNR area office to check current conditions for specific accesses.

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