Illinois may be referred to as the Prairie State; however, it is also known for having a large number of freshwater lakes and rivers that are ideal for boating. Whether you buy a center console boat that is equipped for fishing on Lake Michigan or a bowrider to cruise on the Illinois River, you will need to apply for your IL boat registration and learn state boating rules.

IL boat registration and boating rules are handled by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).