With kickoff to summer boating season on tap, Minnesota DNR reminds people to stay safe on the water

DNR introduces new statewide Marine Unit

Memorial Day weekend is considered the kickoff to the summer recreational boating season, and lake activity will increase markedly in coming weeks. In recent years, waterways in Minnesota have been busier than ever with anglers, paddlers, and recreational boaters. DNR conservation officers want to share tips to help everyone ensure the memories they make on the water are positive.

In conjunction with the summer kickoff, the Enforcement Division also is unveiling a new statewide Marine Unit dedicated specifically to ensuring the safety of people who recreate on our lakes and rivers. In addition to routinely working Minnesota's busiest lakes and rivers, they'll work to train other public safety agencies with their water safety efforts.

This unveiling takes place on Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Gray's Bay Public Access on Lake Minnetonka.

What you will see:

1. Marine Unit boats designed to handle all types of weather conditions on Minnesota's largest and busiest bodies of water.

2. Opportunities to interview Marine Unit supervisor, members; ride along as they patrol Lake Minnetonka.

3. Life jacket demonstrations.


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