Being on the water on Galway Lake is a special treat. Whether you’re boating via oar, paddle, sail, or battery-power, we hope you have many opportunities to float and boat. Like any activity, it’s most enjoyable when you’ve reviewed the what’s needed and the rules. Here is an overview for your reference.

Before launching – no ‘hitchhikers’ (GLCA Rules and Regulations)

  • Any boats and trailers which have been in any other waters should be washed (preferably power washed) prior to launching into Galway Lake. This includes paddle watercraft such as kayaks, canoes, and SUPs. Please inform visitors or renters, too. Read more  

Using GLCA’s boat launch

  • The boat launch, off Dam Road, is for GLCA members’ use. An appointment is required. Read more, including operating procedures and agreement

Types, length of watercraft (GLCA Rules and Regulations)

  • No gasoline, diesel or internal combustion engines are allowed on the lake at any time.
  • This includes the use of gas-powered generators aboard electric watercraft.
  • The total horsepower of battery-powered watercraft must not exceed three (3) horsepower.
  • Hydrofoils, jet skis and ECOs, airboats, and houseboats and are prohibited.
  • The length of watercraft on Galway Lake shall not exceed twenty-two (22) feet, with the length as stated in the manufacturer’s description

State boating provisions