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Boating Under the Influence

Lake KayakingMemphis Area Lakes and Rivers

The sweltering Memphis heat is upon us, and many Mid-South residents are trying to escape by enjoying a day out on the water at various local lakes and rivers. Nearby vacation spots outside of Tennessee include the wonderful Arkansas lakes of Greers Ferry in Heber Springs and Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County, Arkansas

Where To Kayak in Memphis

There are several local waterways in Memphis that are ideal for kayaking. Here are a few of our favorites.

Wolf River


The Wolf River is one of the most popular destinations in Memphis for canoeing and kayaking, and for good reason. The Wolf River’s peaceful waters provide the perfect spot for kayakers and canoers. With the exception of navigating around a few fallen trees, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the sunshine and warmth as you float serenely along the calm waters that flow through the beautiful Shelby Farms Park. There are several easily accessible parking areas along the banks of the Wolf River throughout Shelby and Fayette County.

Patriot Lake


Patriot Lake at Shelby Farms is another popular kayaking destination in Shelby County. As one of the largest urban parks in the country, it’s only fitting that Shelby Farms offers kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals for those who want to enjoy a day out on the water. On any given day, you’ll find kayakers, canoers, and fishermen enjoying the water. Hourly rates for rentals start at just $15, and life jackets are included. Dogs are welcome too, but must have their own personal flotation device.

>> LEARN MORE: Fun at Shelby Farms Park

BoatWhat is the punishment for Boating Under the Influence in Tennessee?

What do each of these lakes and many others in the Mid-South have in common? Safety first. If you are operating a boat or watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be charged with Boating Under the Influence. Nothing will spoil a weekend of fun like being charged with a crime and having your boat impounded.

What is Boating Under the Influence?

In Tennessee, you can be charged with Boating Under the Influence (BUI) if you are found to be in physical control of or navigating and operating a boat or other watercraft while:

  • Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more

What happens when you’re stopped by the Coast Guard?

If you are stopped by a police officer or the Coast Guard for possible Boating Under the Influence in Tennessee, the steps taken to make an arrest and charge you with a crime are similar to those for someone driving an automobile on the roadways and being charged with DUI. You will be asked to perform some type of standardized field sobriety test and then asked to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test.

It’s important to note that prescription drug use can also be considered illegal when operating a watercraft, even when prescribed by your doctor.

What is the punishment for Boating Under the Influence in Tennessee?

The punishment for Boating Under the Influence in Tennessee is similar to that of a DUI. A first offense can carry up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, suspension of boater’s license, and fines of up to $2,500, in addition to possible probation. Second and third offenses will carry additional fines and increased jail time.  

Your Trusted Memphis Attorneys

We at Chiozza Law Firm hope everyone in the Mid-South enjoys a wonderful summer, but we also encourage you to do so safely, including refraining from impaired driving, whether on the lakes or the roads. Causing injuries to others or your boat passengers is not the way you want spend a day on the lake.

If you have any questions about Boating Under the Influence charges or any other legal matter, please contact The Chiozza Law Firm online, call us at 901-526-9494, or email Brian Chiozza at brian@chiozzalaw.com. Our firm is conveniently located at 230 Adams Avenue in Downtown Memphis, and our doors are always open for a confidential case evaluation at no cost to you.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 2:06 PM
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