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Border Crossing Change?

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G I Mike

Already thinking spring/summer 2019 and wondering if anyone had any experiences or issues with the Canadian Border Patrol last summer (open water) with the border crossing/reporting law change?


I have had a RABC for the past 20-ish seasons and only cross by water to fish, don’t anchor, and never go ashore in Canada.
The new law would indicate I no longer need one but wondering what anyone’s experience was if you were stopped or checked?


Yes, I know all about the Ranier guides/snowmobiles/customers that got ticketed last year so don’t need to re-hash that fiasco.


Thanks in advance.

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Have not heard of a new law. What have you heard and where did you hear it? I occasionally cross from Canada into Minnesota and would be interested in what you've heard.

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G I Mike

I do not believe this change impacts crossing from CA to MN and back, just from MN to CA and back?


In June 2017 Canadian Parliament passed Bill S-233 meaning that American boaters and anglers will no longer be required to report to Canadian Customs as long as they do not leave their vessel, land, anchor, moor, or make contact with another conveyance in Canadian waters. 

Link to the Bill:

Link to Rainy Lake Houseboats Blog:



I you search last spring there were some local articles, I-falls, etc.



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