Mississippi River Guide

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FULL COPY OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER GUIDE (9 MB)

Table of Contents

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

BOATING SAFETY
You Are The Key to Water Safety...............................................4
Float Plan.................................................................................4
Boating Accidents.....................................................................5

BOATING ON THE BIG RIVER
Locks and Dams.......................................................................6
Hazards....................................................................................9
Buoys and Markers..................................................................11
VHF-FM Marine Radio............................................................12
Drawbridge Operation Regulations..........................................12

REGULATIONS AND EQUIPMENT
Registration (Licensing)............................................................13
Safety Equipment.....................................................................13
Rules of The Road....................................................................14
Watercraft Operator’s Permit....................................................16
Personal Watercraft..................................................................16
Enforcement............................................................................18
Alcohol & DWI.......................................................................18
Wake Damage and Erosion......................................................19
Pollution..................................................................................21
Final Note...............................................................................21

AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary......................................................22
U.S. Power Squadrons.............................................................22
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...........................22
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources...........................24
National Park Service...............................................................24
Upper Mississipppi River Conservation Committee..................25
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service..................................................25
National Fish & Wildlife Service Signs.....................................26

HELP ON THE RIVER
Emergency and Non-Emergency..............................................26

RIVER MAPS (use the underlined links within the PDF to open individual maps)
St. Croix River.....................................................................28-31
Mississippi River...............................................................28-105

AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH BOATING ON THE RIVER

THE SILENT KILLER - CARBON MONOXIDE

SAMPLE FLOAT PLAN

MAP LEGEND

BUOYS AND MARKERS (examples)

MAP INDEX (1.3 MB)


This information is available in an alternative format upon request. E-mail the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or call at (651) 296-6157 or (888) MINNDNR.