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May 30, 2012

Here are answers to some of the recent most frequently asked law enforcement questions taken this week by the DNR Call Center.
The Call Center is staffed daily, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., and offers bilingual service in Spanish and Hmong. The number is 1-888-936-7463.

Question 1: Who regulates the slow-no-wake regulations or who can I contact to learn about the slow-no-wake regulation on the body of water I live on?

Answer: Some slow-no-wake regulations apply statewide to all lakes and were created by the Legislature, while others are put in place by the local municipality (town, city, or county) whose jurisdiction covers that body of water. The general statewide laws requiring boats to operate as a slow-no-wake speed under certain circumstances on lakes (like within 100 feet of the shoreline, any dock, raft, pier or restricted area, or within 200 feet from shore if the boat is a PWC) can be found in the state boat regulations handbook. The following is a link to an online copy of the statewide regulations(see pages 14-15): http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/le/le0301.pdf Local boating ordinances, such as local slow-no-wake rules are normally posted at public access points or on buoys located on those waterways. You may contact the local authorities for a copy of their local ordinances.

Question 2: When do the new ATV/UTV regulations go into effect?

Answer: July 1, 2012: see the attached information: http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/le/LEA507.pdf

Question 3: My boat says its capacity is xx number of people or xxx lbs, can I have more people than the stated capacity in my boat if I'm still under the weight limit?

Answer: No. The boat capacity is design for which ever you reach first. If you reach your people capacity first before you weight capacity you would not be able to have more people on board.

Last revised: Friday August 31 2012