It's the Law


Vermont State Police Marine Patrol

The boating laws of Vermont are enforced by the officers of the Vermont State Police, game wardens, USCG officers, and any other authorized peace officer or law enforcement officer. The USCG also has enforcement authority on all federally controlled waters.

An operator must stop his or her vessel when signaled to do so by an officer wearing an identifying insignia or by a law enforcement vessel sounding a siren or flashing a blue light. It is illegal to fail to stop or to try to elude the officer.

The officer has the authority to stop and board your vessel in order to check that you are complying with state and federal laws.