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85.33 ST. CROIX WILD RIVER AREA; LIMITATIONS ON POWER BOATING.
    Subdivision 1. Definition. For the purposes of this section, "motorboat" means any
contrivance used or designed for navigation on water which is propelled in any respect by
machinery, including but not limited to detachable motors.
    Subd. 2. Purpose; rules above the mouth of the Snake River. In furtherance of the public
policy declared by Congress in Public Law 90-542 and Public Law 92-560 of maintaining the
essentially wild and scenic character of certain rivers, including a part of the St. Croix, and as
an exercise of state powers either recognized or granted by Public Law 90-542 and Public Law
92-560, the commissioner of natural resources may promulgate rules, in the manner provided
by chapter 14, which limit or prohibit the operation or use of motorboats on that part of the St.
Croix River north of the mouth of the Snake River, located in Section 31, Township 39 North,
Range 19 West.
    Subd. 3. Rules below the mouth of the Snake River. After October 1, 1974, if the
commissioner of natural resources has not established rules relating to the use of watercraft on
that part of the St. Croix River south of the mouth of the Snake River but north of the nine-foot
navigational channel at mile 24.5, measured from the mouth of the St. Croix River, pursuant to
the request of a local governmental unit in the manner provided by section 86B.205, subdivision
9
, the commissioner may establish such rules pursuant to section 86B.205, subdivision 9,
notwithstanding the absence of a request from a local governmental unit and notwithstanding the
absence of approval of the rules by a majority of the counties affected.
    Subd. 4. Concurrent rules required. Rules promulgated by the commissioner pursuant to
this section are effective upon adoption of laws or rules providing for similar limitations or
prohibitions on the operation and use of motorboats on the same reach of St. Croix River by
the state of Wisconsin or its agencies. In exercising the authority granted by this section the
commissioner may enter into necessary agreements with either the United States and its agencies,
pursuant to section 84.025, or the state of Wisconsin and its agencies.
    Subd. 5. Penalty. A person violating any of the provisions of this section or the rules
promulgated thereunder by the commissioner is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: 1973 c 557 s 1; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1990 c 391 art 8 s 16