Child Life Jacket Law

                          Child Life Jacket Wear Law Summary

A legal measure that went into effect in 2005, requires children under age ten to wear a life jacket while boating in Minnesota.


Requires life jacket to be worn by children less than 10 years of age when aboard watercraft in Minnesota when the craft is under way (not tied up at a dock or permanent mooring).

Exemptions from wearing

When in an enclosed cabin or below the top deck on a watercraft.
When on an anchored boat that is a platform for swimming or diving.
When aboard a charter (passenger) craft with a licensed captain.


Reprinted from Minnesota DNR website.