Personal Watercraft/Boat Safety

Minnesota has a number of laws, rules, and regulations related to boating and boat safety.  They may be enforced by MN DNR Conservation officers, deputies of Crow Wing County Sheriff's Water Patrol and other licensed peace officers.

The laws and regulations can be complicated - age, horsepower, time of day, throw-able cushion placement on boats, navigation light use, all make a difference in how laws are applied and enforced.  Please make sure you have a thorough understanding of laws/regulations prior to heading out onto the lake.  The MN DNR website is a great resource to make sure you are following all laws. 

Child Life Jacket Law - children under the age of 10 must wear a life jacket at all times while aboard a watercraft.  The proper fitting life jacket is important - here are some tips to ensure your child is wearing the correct life jacket.  

Minnesota Boating Guide - a summary of Laws and Regulations

Personal Watercraft (PWC) have specific laws that pertain just to them.
The rules decal (provided by the DNR at no cost) must be in full view of the PWC operator.

To order Boat & Water Safety publications and decals:
          (please include your name and address)
Call: (651) 259-5400 or toll free 1-888-646-6367 - ask for Boat and Water
Write: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
          Boat & Water Safety Section
          500 Lafayette Road
          St. Paul, MN 55155-4046