CHAPTER 1: The Boat
BOATING IN UTAH
Utah's Boating Program aims to educate and inform boat operators about the laws and rules established to provide public safety and protect natural resources on Utah's waterways.
Utah has some of the most beautiful waterways in the nation. Boating adventures include whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, wakeboarding on glassy reflections of red rock at Lake Powell, sailing on Bear Lake or Great Salt Lake, trolling for trophy fish at Strawberry or canoeing on quiet mountain lakes.
With an ever-increasing demand on Utah's limited number of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, boaters must use their water recreation resources wisely. Boat owners and operators have the responsibility to practice and advocate safe and ethical use of our waterways. This responsibility includes properly registering boats, learning and obeying boating safety laws and rules, and sharing waterways with other boaters, swimmers, and anglers.
The Utah State Parks' efforts are funded through boat registration fees, state taxes on gasoline used in motorboats, and federal boating safety grants.