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Vessel operators should always be considerate of other vessel operators even when stopping to anchor or moor.

Boat anchored to a mooring buoy

Keep in mind that it is illegal to:

  • Operate any vessel in such a way that it will interfere unnecessarily with the safe navigation of other vessels on the waterway.
  • Anchor a vessel in the traveled portion of a river or channel in a way that will prevent or interfere with any other vessel passing through the same area.
  • Moor or attach a vessel to a buoy (other than a mooring buoy), beacon, light, or any other navigational aid placed on public waters by proper authorities.
  • Move, displace, tamper with, damage, or destroy any navigational aid.
  • Obstruct a pier, wharf, boat ramp, or access to any facility.
  • Interfere unreasonably or unnecessarily with other vessels’ use of the waterways or areas used for launching into the waterways.
  • Moor, anchor, or fasten to shore for more than 14 consecutive days any vessel on public waters unless:
    • The vessel is moved 25 nautical miles or more from its previous location or …
    • The vessel is in a special anchorage area, is authorized for private dock or moorage, or is authorized by the government agency or private interest with jurisdiction over the waters.