Boating safety

Coast Guard Compass

There are a lot  of boats are on Northwoods lakes and rivers, and a Northwoods law enforcement officials says safe boating is no accident.

DNR Recreational Safety Warden Justin Bender in Woodruff says this time of the year is a good time to reaquaint yourself with the rules about being on the open water. He says the rules books are available at bait shops and other outlets.

But he says many people are a bit casual about a key safety device, the personal floatation device or lifejacket when on the boat..

Boating Accident Claims Life of Illinois Man

Jun 6, 2015

One person died in a boating accident in Arbor Vitae on Friday night. It happened on Arrowhead Lake.


The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says the 911 call came in at 10:45 pm, reporting a capsized boat and someone in the water.


According to an initial investigation, the boat that capsized was carrying two Illinois men. One was able to make it to shore, while the other was later found dead in the water.


Among the emergency crews responding to the scene were the Oneida County Dive Team and the Wisconsin DNR.



The late return of boats to the Northwoods waters brings about a reminder this week with National Safe Boating Week.

DNR Boating Law Administrator Roy Zellmer says the most common mistake boaters make this time of year has to do with temperature: the air is warm but the water can be deadly cold to someone who falls in....

"....air temperatures may be comfortable, you're in shirts and t-shirts...when you hit that water, anything that's below your normal body temperature will move you into that hypothermic stage...."