Boaters within the State of Texas have many opportunities for enjoying the rivers and many reservoirs in the state. Texas boating laws, including the Water Safety Act, apply to all waters of the state; however, each reservoir may have rules specific to the area.



In Texas, you must register your boat by obtaining a Certificate of Number and validation decals which are effective for a period of two years. Exceptions to this rule are:

  • Sailboats under 14 feet in length
  • Non-motorized vessels such as canoes and kayaks, and
  • Vessels registered in other states that will use the waters of the state for 90 consecutive days or less.

The certificate or a copy must be on board and available for inspection by an officer whenever a vessel is being operated. Registration and validation decals must be displayed on the boat at all times.


Lake Access


The BRA provides boat ramps, courtesy docks and fishing piers at lakes Possum Kingdom, Granbury and Limestone. Use of boat ramps at these reservoirs are free-of-charge.

Numerous marinas with supplies and gas are also located on each lake. To request a free hard-copy map of any of the BRA lakes, click here. For online maps click:


Safe Boating


Your safety while on the lake is the utmost importance to the Brazos River Authority. For this reason the BRA has implemented several safety rules that exceed those set by the state. To view BRA regulations, click here.

Boater Safety Courses

The BRA encourages everyone to enroll in a boater education course. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers these courses throughout Texas, online and through home course kits. The BRA also offers classes throughout the spring and summer months.

The programs, which are mandatory for children under 18 years of age and required for anyone born after September 1, 1993 teach the importance of boating safety and responsibility. Boat insurance companies will often provide discounts after you successfully complete the course.

Buoy Markers

Buoy markers are on-water traffic signs. Being attentive to buoy markers will help keep you and your family safe. For a complete listing of the many different types of buoy markers, click here.

Personal Floatation Devices

In Texas, personal floatation devices (pfd) or life jackets are required for everyone on a watercraft. Pfd’s come in different shapes and sizes. To ensure your family’s safety, be familiar with those necessary for your next trip on the water. For more information on personal floatation devices, click here.

Accident reports

Both state law and BRA regulations require that any on-water accident be reported to authorities. It is best to make your report immediately following the accident by dialing 911. If you do not make your report at that time, one should be made at the lake office. For a full listing of BRA Regulations, click here.