Boat Patrols Prepare for Operation Dry Water

Boaters and paddlers enjoying Wisconsin’s waters June 29-July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water. “We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers,” said Lt. Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section. “We also will take the time to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of Boating Under the Influence. Alcohol is a leading factor in boating fatalities.” Wisconsin reported 106 boating incidents resulting in 79 people injured and 25 fatalities in 2017. While alcohol involvement increased from 2016, the number one contributing factor in boat incidents is Operator Inexperience. If you need a safety class, visit the DNR website,, and search “Safety Education.” For more information, visit

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