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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Taking to the water in your power boat, sailboat, jet ski​, or canoe is a great way to enjoy Colorado’s many waterways.

Whether you're swimming or boating, it's important to use common sense while you’re out on the water. The Colorado Boating Program helps you get underway safely while enhancing your boating experience.

Registration is required for all power boats and sail boats operating on Colorado waters. Boating accidents that result in injury or death, or damage beyond $500 must be reported using a Boating Accident Report Form. ​

New ANS Stamp Required in 2019

Motorboats and sailboats must have an ANS Stamp prior to launching in Colorado in 2019.

Boat owners are required to purchase the ANS Stamp and operators must retain proof of purchase (electronic or printed receipt) on his or her person, the motorboat or sailboat, when operating the vessel (C.R.S. 33-10.5-104.5). 

​Funding contributes to prevention and management of ANS in the state. Thank you for protecting our waters and contributing to conservation in Colorado!


​​​​Boatable Waters

Looking for a new place to take your boat? 

See the Boatable Waters page for an alphabetical list of ​​Colorado waterways. Colorado's Boatable Waters range from the 150-mile-long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area to small mountain lakes and large reservoirs. 

Be a safe and competent boater by becoming familiar with the current Colorado Boating R​ules & Regulations.

More Outdoor Recreation Information

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 Boat Inspections

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Mandatory - This boating season brings with it mandatory state-certified boat inspect​ions to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Colorado.

 Boating Safety

personal flotation devices ​Water sports are a great way to have fun in the sun, whether you take to the water in your power boat, sailboat, canoe or just jump in for a swim. The Colorado Boating Safety Program promotes safe vessel operation while enhancing boating experiences. For more information, visit the Boating Safety pages. For a list of upcoming boat safety classes, please view the Boat Safety class schedule.

 Inspection And Decontamination

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