Nevada's State Boating Laws

Aquatic Invasive Species in Nevada

The spread of quagga mussels in Nevada pose a risk to the native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Nevada’s water-based recreation!

Quagga mussels are a non-native species that have been discovered in the Colorado River system and in Lake Mead. They collect in industrial and municipal water pipes, eventually blocking them and costing the state millions of dollars to treat and clear. Unfortunately, they spread easily from one body of water to the next, which is why boaters must actively prevent the spread of this AIS.

Nevada's Aquatic Invasive Species

Nevada requires boaters (both motorized and human-powered) to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), prior to boat operation on Nevada waterways. These decals generate funds that go directly into Nevada’s AIS mitigation and preventative programs. This includes all motorized boats (from in-and-out of state) and all human-powered craft (i.e. canoes, kayaks and rowboats). Exemptions include: Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs), float tubes and other watercraft that will not retain water, and also kayaks that are self-bailing (with no internal storage compartments that will retain water).

To obtain your Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal:

  • Visit the NDOW in person
  • Call the NDOW at 866-703-4605
  • Or, buy the decal online at

AIS decal cost:

Motorized Boats:

  • $10 (residents)
  • $20 (non-residents)

Human-powered Vessels

  • $5 (residents)
  • $10 (non-residents)

Visit for more information about AIS decal requirements and exemptions.