MINOCQUA - Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the boating season in Wisconsin.
The Safe Boating Council has designated this week as National Safe Boating Week.
The Wisconsin DNR is charged with enforcing the boating laws of the state.
They typically issue tickets for three common offenses.
"Not enough life jackets on board for everybody on board. Everybody has to have one wearable per person and then if your boat is 16' or over then you have to have one throwable type either a cushion or a round as well." Says DNR Conservation Warden David Walz.
Registration issues rank high on the list.
"And then some registration issues usually earlier in the season people forget about it. There's a lot of different opportunities for people to get their boat registered. Whether it's online or go to a DNR office, they can do it through a registration site as well," says Walz.
Most boats require a registration.
Walz says "In Wisconsin everything that has a motor on it, whether it's a trolling motor or a gas powered motor then the boat is required to be registered with the DNR.
Speed and distance violations round out the top three.
"And then probably the other one is what we call speed and distance laws. You have to go slow no wake within a certain distance. Like on lakes it's the shoreline, docks, rafts and piers where you have to go slow no wake as well," explains Walz.
Walz says some boats require a fire extinguisher. "Any boat considered closed construction is required to have a fire extinguisher. So if you have a false floor on the boat, you know if there's any type of compartments that can trap gas vapors."
Did you know that life jackets are required on paddle boards?
"Some people weren't aware of the law that requires them to have a life jacket available when they are on a paddle board. They don't have to wear it, but it's still a good idea to wear it but they also are required to have one," says Walz
The Wisconsin DNR wants you to have fun, but do so responsibly.
"We always recommend the best time to be drinking is when you're done driving for the day. If you are going to be out in a boat, make sure, just like a car that you have a sober driver," says Walz.