The boating laws of Michigan are enforced by officers of the Law Enforcement Division of the Michigan DNR, county sheriff's department, USCG, and any other authorized law enforcement agency.
- Officers have the right to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with federal and state laws.
- The USCG has enforcement authority on federally controlled waters.
- It is illegal to refuse to follow the directive of a person with law enforcement authority. An operator who has received a visual or audible signal from a law enforcement officer must bring his or her vessel to a stop.