Public water access

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.

father and daughter kayaking together wearing life vests

Boat and water safety resources

Safety information »

Safety courses »

Water access maps »

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 »

kid climbing

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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