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Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and Responsibilities Illinois Department of Natural Resources

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Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and ResponsibilitiesIn This Handbook

It's the Law includes: registering information, registration fees, display of numbers, legal operating age, required equipment, unlawful operation, boating under the influence, reporting accidents, enforcement, environmental restrictions, and laws governing PWCs and vessels towing skiers.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources enforcement officers patrol our waterways to make your boating experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the suggestions outlined in this handbook as well as the rules of common courtesy while operating your boat.

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