The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the boating season for many Minnesotans. So the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Brooke Welch is out on Lake Minnetonka, enjoying a boat ride that’s been months in the making. “It’s been a long winter, really cold so we are happy to be out on the water,” Welch said. Unfortunately for most boaters enjoying the weekend on water, gas prices in Minnesota are third highest in the nation – right behind Alaska and Hawaii.
As the ice comes off more Minnesota lakes, safety officials are highlighting Saturday’s start to National Safe Boating Week. The St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the best thing a person can do to stay safe on the water is to wear a life vest or personal flotation device.
On Saturday, Minnesotans will launch their boats in search of open water for the annual fishing opener.
The dock tells the story of White Bear Lake, ending way before the water. Or the nearby boat lift, left high and dry.
One person is dead after a boating accident early Saturday morning in Elysian, Minn. According to Waseca County Sheriff’s deputies, five teenagers were duck hunting on Lake Elysian when the boat they were on capsized around 6 a.m. Saturday morning. The boat was approximately 200 yards from shore.
One man is dead and two other people are injured after an extension cord fell into the water from a northern Minnesota boatlift.
Police are looking for the boater who was involved with a hit-and-run on a Becker County lake on Wednesday that left a 39-year-old man substantially hurt and a 4-year-old girl with minor injuries.
Authorities have identified the Forest Lake boater, who police have been searching for since Monday, as Tod Alan Crawford, 51, of Forest Lake.
Police in western Wisconsin pepper sprayed a boater they believe was drunk when he buzzed near swimmers in his boat. Police say the incident happened on Sand Lake near Osceola, Wis. on Saturday.
Starting Sunday, boaters could get big fines if they don’t clean water craft of invasive species.
Fines for violating Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws double Sunday when tougher laws take effect.
The season for spectacular sunsets on a shimmering lake is back again. Boasting more than 10,000 lakes statewide, it’s water, water, everywhere in Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the area’s lakes, rivers and wilderness areas. With public cruises available on Lake Minnetonka, as well as on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, it’s time to hit the water.
Our early warm-up allowed people to hit the water sooner than expected. Now the warm sunshine and cool breeze over Lake Minnetonka is luring people to the water. Nobody knows that better than Paul Bergquist, owner of Minnetonka Boat Club and Rental.
Three locations on Lake Minnetonka will provide free life jackets for the rest of the summer. Boaters can borrow life jackets through the Kid’s Don’t Float Program, courtesy of the Safe Kids Northwest Metro Coalition, North Memorial Medical Center, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.