Who Enforces Boating Laws?
The boat and water safety laws of Minnesota are enforced by Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and county sheriffs. The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service also have enforcement authority on federally controlled waters. Whenever an enforcement officer contacts you, you are required to stop your boat and allow the officer to come alongside. Enforcement officers have the right to stop and board boats in order to check for compliance with federal and state laws.
In Minnesota, federal jurisdiction applies to waters such as Lake Superior, Canadian border waters, Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, and Cass, Gull, Leech, and Winnibigoshish Lakes.