Boat & Water Safety

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A summary of Minnesota's boating laws and regulations.

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The Boat & Water Safety program:

  • provides the public with safety information and education programs, and coordinates the efforts of other safety agencies and groups throughout the state.
  • collects and interprets statistical data on boat and water accidents and boating in general. Minnesota has the highest per capita boat registration figure in the country.
  • Provides boating safety education programs for 12 through 17-year-olds to operate motorboats and personal watercraft. Also provide training programs for adults who may require training prior to operating boats in other States or Canadian Provinces. Find out more about boat and water safety education.

DNR News

06/24/2015: Drinking and boating don't mix: Operation Dry Water in effect June 26-28 Full story

06/09/2015: DNR cautions boaters to avoid Upper St. Anthony Falls dam Full story

04/17/2015: Prepare now for a safe boating season Full story

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