Many people new to watersports may need to be informed about some basic rules that apply to watercraft. These rules are fairly universal and apply to all craft and all locations.
Responsibility: You are responsible for your craft, and you are responsible for any damage or injury it causes.
Safe Conduct: You must always operate your craft in a safe manner that poses no danger to other persons or property.
Proper Lookout: You must always look where you are going, and you are responsible for seeing and avoiding other people and obstacles.
Blocking Access Rights: You must never block another person’s access or impede the progress of another person or watercraft. You have no legal right to block the passage of a craft or person. You do not have the right to tell anyone else where they can or cannot ride, sit, or fish, That is illegal. Only an authorized officer of DOBOR, DLNR, State Police, MPD, etc, have the legal authority to do that.
Reporting Dangerous Operators: Any person can report the dangerous operation of watercraft to MPD, DOBOR (DOCARE), a Lifeguard, or Ranger.
Emergency: When there is a serious threat of injury, or to report any illegal activity, call 9-1-1