New Mexico's State Boating Laws

Aquatic  Invasive Species in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, along with state, federal and private partners, are working diligently to stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in the state.

Zebra and Quagga Mussels in New Mexico

New Mexico's Aquatic Invasive Species

The spread of zebra and quagga mussels in New Mexico not only pose a risk to New Mexico’s native aquatic wildlife, but also to all water-based recreation including boating and fishing, as well as to all surface water delivery systems including municipal water supplies, hydroelectric power generation and irrigation for farming and agriculture.

New Mexico is a water-dry state and there is currently no known method for the successful irradiation of these mussels. This is why infestations by zebra or quagga mussels will have such a negative affect on New Mexicans. Understand that it is illegal to knowingly transport AIS into and within New Mexico’s borders.

New Mexico is asking boaters to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY their boats to stop the spread of harmful invasive mussels. Properly cleaning and drying your boat will also help keep it in good condition and allow all of us to continue to enjoy our favorite lakes for years to come. Be prepared for inspections designed to help ensure that New Mexico’s waters remain free of these harmful mussels.

Litter Laws for Boaters in New Mexico

It is illegal to discharge any liquid, solid waste or any other type of garbage into New Mexico’s waterways.

Water Closets

It is illegal to maintain or operate a boat on New Mexico waterways if it is equipped with a water closet (installed toilet facilities), unless the closet is self-contained and incapable of discharging waste directly into the water.