Boat & Water Safety

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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

04/18/2016: Be on the lookout for early season boating conditions and hazards Full story

04/18/2016: Take the Boat Minnesota online course by April 23, save 50 percent Full story

12/11/2015: Black Hoof Lake water level to drop with removal of unauthorized stop log Full story

10/08/2015: Late season waterfowl hunters reminded that cold water kills Full story

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

Closures and restrictions

Local and State Lake and River Restrictions

The Minnesota Lake and River Use Restriction Summary provides a listing of local government ordinances that, in addition to Minnesota Statutes and Rules, have been enacted to govern water surface use for bodies of water in Minnesota.

St. Croix No Wake Zone

Metro Mississippi Lock Closure

Mississippi River at Upper St. Anthony Falls permanently closed