Individual cities have often enact ordinances specific to their jurisdiction. Check before venturing out on local lakes to make sure you "Know Before You Go".
There are literally hundreds of Water Patrol units around the country. If you are not looking for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol, click here to find others in Minnesota and around the country.
Sate law requires that before people of a certain age can legally operate watercraft (including PWC's) , Snowmobiles and ATV's, they must have formal, state approved training. The Water Patrol offers Youth Snowmobile Training each December. You can also get online training through the following links.
Adults can get boat training through the US Power Squadron or the US Coast Guard. Click here to see a list of Metro Area classes.
These are links to other websites, including the Minnesota DNR, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, the Minnehaha Watershed District, and others and to other items of interest such as wind chill calculators and sunrise and sunset times.
For events on the Mississippi or Minnesota River, please see the US Coast Guard Site for additional information