Vessel & Ability
Appropriate vessel labeled with your contact information
Use the proper watercraft for the conditions. Some watercraft may not be appropriate for use on Lake Superior.
- Never paddle under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- Paddle within your skill level and know the limits of your watercraft.
- Before venturing out, learn how to re-enter your boat after capsizing and how to safely assist others.
- Know how to swim and always wear your life jacket (personal floatation device).
- Take a safety course or other course to improve your skills.
- Minnesota boating laws and regulations (PDF)
- Wisconsin boating laws and regulations (PDF)
- How to choose the right life jacket from the United States Coast Guard (PDF)
- Real-time safety data for Lake Superior's Park Point beaches
- General Great Lakes water safety information from the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium
- DNR Boat and water safety education
- University of Minnesota Duluth, Recreational Paddle Surf Kite Program hosts in person and on the water paddle classes for students and community members
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary public boating courses
- America's Boating Club paddling courses
- American Canoe Association paddle sport courses
- United States Coast Guard and Paddling.com and nine-part "Safer Paddling" video series