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Boating safety

  • When boating on crowded lakes and rivers, slow down and stay at least 200 feet from the shoreline and other boats.
  • Watch out for swimmers and people.
  • Assign a sober boat operator before your day of boating.
  • State law requires a carbon monoxide detector on any recreational boat with an enclosed area.
  • State law requires children 10 and under to wear a life jacket. We recommend everyone wear life jackets.
  • State law requires everyone to have access to a life jacket. The U.S. Coast Guard says life jackets could prevent 80% of boating deaths.
  • When getting back into a boat, stay away from the boat propellers.
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