Boat and water safety

Social distancing when boating. Stay close to home, plan ahead fuel up pack food and water, boat only with those in your household, distance at the dock, no rafting or tying to boats. Be prepared and boat safe, always wear a lifejacket.

Guidelines from Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office on boating while social distancing. 

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man getting his blood alcohol limit tested by a Conservation Officer on a boat

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


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 (March 2018)  »
St. Croix high water No Wake restrictions »
Mississippi River at Upper St. Anthony Falls permanently closed »