Connect with nature and experience the great outdoors by taking a boat trip with the family on one of Tennessee’s many lakes or rivers. Just remember, before you step behind the helm of your new boat for the first time, you will need to have your TN boat registration and know the state boating regulations. 

When you apply for your boat registration, you will be required to pay a registration fee. The amount of the registration fee depends on the length of the boat being registered. Registration fees are collected to help contribute to the maintenance and conservation of state waterways.

Tennessee Boating Regulations and Laws 

All boat operators need to know the safe boating basics and must abide by the boating rules of the road set forth by the state. Boaters can learn more about safe boating basics, filing a float plan, what to do during times of inclement weather, environmental considerations and personal floatation devices by taking a boating education or safe boating class. 

Boating laws are different for each state and are subject to change, so check the Tennessee boat laws on a regular basis for updates and information on boat safety courses near you.