Public water access

water access

Public water accesses are open 24 hours a day unless posted. They are available for both trailer and carry-in. 12-18 foot boats can be launched at most launch ramps; some can handle larger boats. There are no launch fees, unless the access is located in a park requiring a vehicle admission permit.

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Clean in. Clean out.

Clean your watercraft, drain all water, dispose of unused bait.
Learn what you need to do. »


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Best management practices

Information for access providers and resource managers.

Aquatic invasive species »
Stormwater and shoreline »


Current conditions

Contact the nearest DNR area office to check current conditions for specific accesses. Please send us an email if you see damage or debris at a water access site.