Boat and water safety

For your safety, we strongly recommend everyone on board wears a life jacket at all times.

father and daughter kayaking together wearing life vests

Laws and regulations

Minnesota Boating Guide »
Regulations »
Sophia's Law - new carbon monoxide law »
All publications »


Boat and water safety education courses

Learn about online and classroom courses »


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.
Local water and river restrictions (May 2015)  »
St. Croix high water No Wake restrictions »
Mississippi River at Upper St. Anthony Falls permanently closed »