Boat and water safety

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Boat safe and sober

Alcohol is involved in about 30 percent of fatal boat accidents in Minnesota. Drunk boating is drunk driving — designate a sober ride on the water and on the road.

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Laws and regulations

Minnesota Boating Guide
Sophia's Law - new carbon monoxide law
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Boat and water safety education courses

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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
St. Croix high water No Wake restrictions
Mississippi River at Upper St. Anthony Falls permanently closed


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