Keep MN’s lakes and rivers safe this weekend

The DNR says all boaters have a role in keeping Minnesota’s lakes and rivers safe this Memorial Day weekend. So far this year, two have died on the water.

“We’ve seen almost-unprecedented pressure on our state’s waterways the past few years, and there’s no reason to think anything will be different this year,” said Lt. Adam Block, Enforcement Division boating law administrator.

“It’s great to see people enjoying the best of our natural resources but before they do, we ask them to take a few moments to ensure every boat ride is a safe boat ride.”

Boaters are reminded to check their safety equipment, own their wake, wear their life jackets, leave the alcohol on shore, and pay attention to high water. Water levels are high this year, which can make access difficult and also hide hazards beneath the water’s surface.

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