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Maine Boating Laws
Practice Safe Boating on Maine Waters


The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries & wildlife may adopt and amend rules governing the horsepower (manufacturer's rated horse-power of the machinery; includes the aggregate of all such propellant machinery) of motors used to propel watercraft on all internal waters of this State. For information on this process. please contact the Department's main office in Augusta at (207) 287-5201.

No person, except officers empowered to enforce this regulation and in the line of duty or representatives of a governmental agency while conducting authorized studies on these waters shall operate motorboats propelled by machinery in excess of the following horsepower limitations:

No motorboats allowed:

  • Cushman Pond, Lovell,
  • Horseshoe Pond, Denmark
  • Boston Pond, Denmark
  • Bradley Pond, Lovell
  • Trout Pond, 13R5
  • Wylie Pond, Boothbay
  • Little Kennebago Lake, T3R4
  • Upper Dam Pool, T4R1 (from gates of dam, downstream or westerly 150 yards)
  • Durgin Pond, T2RG BKP WKR
  • Little Berry Pond, T2R6 BKP WKR
  • Lone Jack Pond, 12RS BKP WKR
  • Round Pond, T1 R6 BKP WKR
  • Fry Pan Pond, T2R5 BKP EKR
  • Blood Pond, T2R13 WELS
  • Loon Lake, Rangeley and Dallas Townships
  • Martin and/or Long Pond, The Forks Pit
  • Big Brook from Burt Garrity Road in T13 R1O WELS to and including Big Brook Lake in T14R1O WELS
  • Simpson Pond, Roque Bluff
  • Southern most part of Thompson Lake separated from the main body by a causeway known as The Heath, Casco
  • Little Pond, Damariscotta
  • Moxie Long Bog, Bald Mountain twp.
  • Clay Pond, Fryeburg
  • Watson Pond, Rome Twp.
  • Walton's Mill Pond, West Farmington
  • Sand Pond, Limington Twp.
  • Saddleback Lake, Dallas Plt.
  • Hooper Pond (Little Sabattus), Greene
  • Adams Pond, Boothbay
  • Levenseller Pond, Searsrnont
  • Portage Lake, T13R6 WELS, that portion known as the Floating Island Area, north and westerly of a line beginning at the eastern edge of the marshy peninsula running out from Hutchinson Ridge, running 50 yards outside of the floating islands in a northerly direction to the mouth of Mosquito Brook
  • Quimby Pond, Rangeley
  • Jerry Pond, so called, situated within the boundaries, or having a shoreline abutting, the incorporated municipality of Millinocket and the unincorporated Townships being TlR7 and TAR7
  • Upper and Lower Ox Brook Lakes in the towns of T6ND, T6R1 and Talmadge
  • Snow's Pond (as referred to in the Dunham-Daves Work Plan) situated west of Rt. 7, Dover-Foxcroft
  • Lily Pond, Edgecomb
  • Nesowadnehunk (Sourdnahunk) Little, T5R11

Motorboats with more than 6 horsepower prohibited:

  • Perley's Pond, Denmark
  • Little Pond, Denmark
  • Ell and/or L Pond, Sanford and Wells
  • Black Lake, Fort Kent
  • Farrington Pond, Lovell
  • Heald Pond, Lovell
  • Horseshoe Pond, Stoneham and Lovell
  • Haley Pond, Rangeley Twp. and dllas Plt.
  • Rich Mill Pond, Standish
  • Boyd Pond, Bristoll
  • Harriman Pond, Dedham
  • Long Pond, Denmark

Motorboats with more than 10 horsepower prohibited:

  • Lower Range Pond, Poland
  • Sand Pond, Sanford
  • East Carry Pond, T2R3
  • West Harbor Pond, Boothbay Harbor
  • Five Kezar Ponds: (Mud, Little Mud, Back, Middle and Jewett Ponds located singly or jointly in Waterford, Stoneham and Lovell)
  • Timoney Lake, Oakfield and Smyrna
  • McKenney Pond, Holeb Township
  • Big Fish Pond, Holeb Township
  • Barrett Pond, Holeb Township
  • Turner Pond, Forsythe Township
  • Little Turner Pond, Forsythe Twp.
  • Long Pond, Forsythe Township
  • Arnold Brook Recreation Watershed Lake In Presque Isle
  • Lard Pond, Turner
  • Echo Lake, Mount Desert
  • Stevens Pond, Liberty
  • Moulton Pond, Dedham
  • Mainstream Pond, Harmony
  • Hobbs Pond (Little Pennessawassee), Norway
  • Toddy Pond, Brooks, Waldo County
  • Knickerbocker Pond, Boothbay
  • Eagle Lake and Jordan Pond, Mt. Desert Island
  • Long Pond, Twp. E and Twp. D

Motorboats with more than 10 horsepower prohibited from June 1 to September 15:

  • Little Black River tributary to the St. John River in Aroostook County

Motorboats with internal combustion engines prohibited:

  • Garland Pond, Sebec and Dover-Foxcroft
  • York Pond, Eliot
  • Mt. Blue Pond, Avon
  • Sewell Pond, Arrowsic
  • Nokomis Pond, Newport and Palmyra

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

  • Canoes only - with motor not to exceed 10 h.p. from Lock Dam north to West Twin Brook
  • No restriction on motorboats of any type on Telos Lake, Round Pond (T6R11) and Chamberlain Lake
  • Canoes only - no motors - on Allagash Lake and Allagash Stream down to Chamberlain Lake.

Baxter State Park

  • No motorboats allowed except on Webster and Matagamon Lakes.

Lt. G. Manuel Wildlife Area, Hodgdon, Maine

  • No motorboats allowed.

A. Watercraft towing a person or persons on water-skis, surfboards, aquaplanes or similar devices shall not operate within the water safety zone as defined in the Maine Boating Laws/Rules. A person may not manipulate any watercraft, tow rope or other device in a way that will cause the device, or any person on the device to enter the water safety zone.

EXCEPTION: A watercraft may enter or leave the water safety zone, as directly as possible, to pick up or drop off water skiers, surfboarders or persons on similar devices. In doing so, it is the watercraft operators responsibility not to endanger any persons or property.

B. Watercraft towing a person or persons on water skis, surfboard or other similar devices must have a person in the watercraft who is at least 12 years of age, in addition to the operator, who is in a position to continually observe the person or persons being towed. This does not apply to devices actually operated by the person being towed and incapable of carrying the operator in or on the devices.

C. No person shall operate any watercraft for the purpose of towing a person or persons on water-skis, surfboards or similar devices nor shall any person water-ski, surfboard or use similar devices on any waters of this State between the hours of 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise.

D. Any person being towed on water skis, surfboards, or similar devices must wear a life jacket, life belt or similar life saving device. The operator of a watercraft shall not tow a person or persons on water skis, a surfboard or similar device, unless the person being towed has complied with this requirement.

EXCEPTION: Performers engaged in exhibitions or tournaments authorized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife do not need to comply with this requirement.

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Boating - Maine has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the country to enjoy open water boating. Come experience the waters of Maine.

Registration Information - All motorboats of any size, including airmobiles and personal watercraft, must be registered in Maine to be used on the waters of this State, except the following….

Motor Size Restrictions On Internal Waters - The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries & wildlife may adopt and amend rules governing the horsepower (manufacturer's rated horse-power of the machinery; includes the aggregate of all such propellant machinery) of motors used to propel watercraft on all internal waters of this State.

Navigational Requirements - These requirements cover all navigational requirements for all waters in the State of Maine.

Personal Watercraft Requirements - •Any person under 16 years of age may not operate a personal watercraft which includes jet-skis. •A person between 16 & 18 years of age may operate a personal watecraft if they have successfully completed an approved education course, or if they are accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older. Proof of age and course completion must be possessed while operating a personal watercraft. •Anyone operating or riding on a personal watercraft must wear a Type I, II or III PFD. •The parent or guardian of a minor under 18 years of age is responsible for the minor’s actions while operating a personal watercraft. •Personal watercraft may not be operated during the hours between sunset and sunrise.

Liability Laws - No person may throw, drop, deposit, discard or otherwise dispose of litter in any manner or amount: in or on any public highway, road, street, alley, public right-of-way or other public lands, except in containers, receptacles, or on property that is designated for disposal of garbage and refuse; or in any fresh water lake, river, stream, tidal or coastal water or on ice over the water. When any litter is thrown or discarded from a watercraft both the operator of the watercraft, unless it is a watercraft being used for the carriage of passengers for hire, and the person actually disposing of the litter are in violation of this section. This subsection does not prohibit persons who fish, lobster or otherwise harvest from the water from returning to the water harvested products, bait and similar materials that naturally originate in the water.


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