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The New York State Boater's Guide (pdf) - a complete reference source with all of the rules and regulations you need to know in order to boat safely and legally in New York State.

2019 Recreational Boating Report (pdf) - the Recreational Boating Report provides an overview of the boating safety programs for which State Park has responsibility, vessel registration figures for each county, a report on Marine Law Enforcement activity across the state and a detailed look at boating accidents in the previous year.

Study Guide for Public Vessel Operators License (pdf) - a Public Vessel is defined as any vessel that operates on the waters of New York not under Coast Guard jurisdiction, carrying passengers in exchange for compensation. This study guide will tell you everything you need to know to study for your operators license.

Safeguard New York (pdf) - how you can help protect New York's coasts, rivers, bridges, tunnels, ports, ships, military bases, and waterside industries.

Cold Water Immersion (pdf) - this brochure discusses the dangers of sudden immersion into cold water.

Vessel Noise Laws (pdf) - everything you need to know to keep your vessel legal when it comes to noise level.

Vessel Equipment Guide (pdf) - a quick reference guide to the equipment you should be carrying aboard your vessel while boating in New York.

Kayak & Canoe Guide to Long Island State Parks (pdf) - a guide to state parks on Long Island offering access for canoe and kayak enthusiasts.

Recommended Practices for Rowing Clubs (pdf) - developed in association with the US Rowing Association, this simple guide offers some tips for safe and enjoyable crewing or sculling experience.

PFD Laws of New York (pdf)

Life Jacket Fortune Teller (pdf) - An update on the classic Cruncher Fortune Teller that will test your knowledge of life jackets.

Archived Publications


Boat Launch Sites - an interactive listing of the launch sites operated by New York State Parks and the Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Searchable by waterway or county, a brief description of the site is provided.

Boating Safety Course Availability - find and sort a list of boating safety courses currently registered with State Parks.

Hull Identification Number Status - find the current status of your HIN application.

Regulatory Forms

If you cannot open these forms, please call (518) 474-0445 and a copy will be mailed to you.

Other Boating Safety Resources