Boat Ramp Courtesy is a Must

At ramps big and small, like this rural, unimproved launch, boaters should be patient and ready to put their boat in, particularly on busy summer holiday weekends. (NDG&F Photo)

With the Memorial Day weekend underway, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (NDG&F) reminds boaters to be patient, courteous and ready when launching or removing boats at the many launches in the state.

North Dakota boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer. The NDG&F receives a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.


  • Don’t pull onto the ramp until your boat is ready to launch.
  • Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.
  • When ready, pull into line to launch. Wait your turn. Be courteous.
  • It takes at least two people to efficiently and courteously launch a boat: one to handle the boat and one to take care of the tow vehicle.


  • Don’t block the loading area with your boat until your tow vehicle is ready to load. Wait until you are clear of the launch area to unload gear.
  • As soon as your trailer is in the water, load and secure your boat to the trailer.
  • Remove boat and trailer from the water as quickly as possible.
  • Get clear of the ramp. Pull into the parking area to finish securing your boat, unloading gear, draining all water and inspecting for and removing any vegetation. Remember to leave plugs out when transporting boat.

For more information on boating in North Dakota, visit the NDG&F Boating Page.

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