Boating Safety

Reminders for Lake Hastings Boaters:

  • All boat operators born after December 31, 1985 must show proof of completion of a Nebraska-approved boating safety course.
  • All boats must display a current Lake Hastings boat permit. Permits are available at Park & Recreation Office at 2015 W 3rd St. The cost for Adams County residents is $7.00/day or $35/year. Non-resident permits are $150/year or $7.00/day.
  • You must be 14 to operate a boat on Lake Hastings. You must be 16 to operate a boat over 10hp, unless under direct supervision of an adult at least 21 years of age.
  • All boats must go in a counter-clockwise direction.
  • All boats must obey the 35 MPH speed limit.
  • All boats must obey all federal and state equipment requirements (PFDs, fire extinguishers, etc.)
  • All boats must obey all state laws and regulations regarding operation.

For more information on boating laws, visit the Nebraska Game and Parks Boating Site

Boating Education Testing and Class Sessions

Boating Safety Instruction Manuals are available at the Hastings Police Department. Any person over 18 years of age may take a proctored test at the Hastings Police Department at no fee. For information on other Boating Basics classes in the area and state, visit the Boating Class page of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission web site.

Please refer to the City of Hastings Parks and Recreation page for additional boating information.