Beltrami Sheriff Offers Safety Tips

To help promote safety in and around the water during the summer, Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp offered these reminders:

  • One personal flotation device (life jacket) per occupant must be accessible. Children age 10 and under are required to wear a life jacket at all times when the boat is not anchored or moored.
  • For boats 16 feet or longer, one seat cushion or ring buoy (must be labeled as a Type 4 throwable device) must be readily available.
  • Fire extinguishers are required in boats with inboard motors or built in fuel tanks. Make sure these are inspected and filled.
  • Boats which are 16 feet in length or longer require a horn or whistle.
  • Assure that all navigation lights are in working order
  • Be mindful of your boat wake, especially in “no wash, no wake” zones. Use caution around other boaters, swimmers and wildlife along the shoreline.
  • Alcohol and boating do not mix. Remember that the same laws that apply to driving while intoxicated also apply to recreational water sports.
  • Watch the weather report and use common sense if lightning is present or bad weather approaches.
  • Jet skis or wave runners are required to remain 150 feet from shorelines, docks or non-motorized watercraft. Operators must wear a personal flotation device at all times.

Lakeshore owners are reminded that a permit is required before overnight placement of swimming rafts, mooring buoys or other temporary structures in a lake or river.

Call 333-8474 and leave your name, address, phone number, location of raft or buoy and any other questions you may have.


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