Public water accesses (boat launches)

water access

Public water accesses are open 24 hours a day unless posted otherwise. 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 within a park requiring a vehicle permit.


Find a boat ramp and check on its condition

To check the status for a specific access, go to Lake Finder, search for a waterbody, and then select Water Access from the left navigation. Or contact a DNR area office.

Boat and water safety resources

Stay safe on the water! Learn about boat and water safety, including life jacket requirements and fit.

Best management practices

Information for water access providers and resource managers.

Clean In, Clean Out banner: clean your watercraft, drain all water, dispose of unused bait

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