Who Enforces Boating Laws?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officers and all other peace officers enforce the boating laws of Wisconsin. U.S. Coast Guard officers also patrol and have 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.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officers and all other officers with law enforcement authority have the right to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with state and federal laws.