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Personal Watercraft Restrictions [Table 4.8]

State

Is there a speed limit specific to PWCs other than slow/no wake zones in your state?

If you answered “Yes” to the previous question, please list the speed limit.

Is PWC operation restricted within any area or zone in your state?

If you answered “Yes” to the previous question, please list the restricted area or zone.

Are limitations imposed on wake jumping with PWCs in your state?

If you answered “Yes” to the previous question, please describe the limitations.

Is there a kill switch or safety lanyard requirement for PWCs in your state?

Alabama

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Only zones marked by signs or bouys or on public fishing lakes that specifically prohibit their use&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

33-5-51(d) ….jumping the wake of another vessel travelling in the same direction in close proximity to the vessel…crossing at right angles in close proximity to the stern of another vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed…&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Alaska

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Some special purpose areas such as state parks and state critical habitat areas&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

American Samoa

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Swimming areas, boat mooring areas&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Arizona

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

A PWC cannot head into the wake of a motorboat that is within a zone of proximity closer than sixty feet and cause one-half or more of the length of the personal watercraft to leave the water. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Arkansas

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Some sole state waters prohibit PWCs. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Unsafe PWC operation shall include but not be limited to: becoming airborne or completely leaving the water while crossing the wake of another vessel within 100ft of the vessel creating the wake.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Australia

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British Columbia

&nbsp

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California

No&nbsp

Must observe all local speed orfinances and state speed laws&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Local agencies may restrict by time of day, special use areas, speed limits, and sanitation and pollution control&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

No wake jumping within 100 feet of the another vessel creating the wake.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Colorado

no&nbsp

&nbsp

no&nbsp

&nbsp

yes&nbsp

Careless boating is defined to include wake jumping at an unsafe distance or whenever visibility is obstructed.&nbsp

yes&nbsp

Connecticut

Yes&nbsp

slow/no wake within 200′ of any shore, dock, pier, float moored or anchored vessel&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

can’t jump within 100′ behind a boat if it causes you to go airborn&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Delaware

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

must be 100 yards slow no wake in incorporated area, no jumping shore break&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

District of Columbia

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

No operator of any personal watercraft while underway and within one hundred (100) yards of another vessel shall jump any other vessel’s wake while operating or in physical control of watercraft while on the District of Columbia’s waterway. When two (2) or more personal water operators are operating at a speed greater than ten (10) miles per hour, the operators shall steer their craft so as to be at least twenty-five (25) yards apart from any vessel to include any other personal watercraft&nbsp

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Yes&nbsp

Florida

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

There are local restrictions. These are not state restrictions.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to such other vessel or when visibility around such other vessel is obstructed is prohibited.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Georgia

Yes&nbsp

Idle speed within 100 feet of shoreline, dock, persons in water, moored vessels, etc.&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Within 100 feet of another vessel&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Guam

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Within Tumon and Pago bays&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

Hawaii

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

§13-256-17 Recreational thrill craft operations. (a) Access to and from designated recreational thrill craft operating areas shall be by the most direct route consistent with safety considerations. (b) In non-designated ocean recreation management areas, recreational thrill craft may operate only in state waters between five hundred feet from the shoreline or the outer edge of the fringing reef whichever is greater and two miles off the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii. (c) In designated ocean recreation management areas, recreational thrill craft may operate only within locations designated for recreational thrill craft use. (d) No thrill craft shall be operated for profit or gain in a recreational thrill craft operating area. (e) Recreational thrill craft may gain access to state waters only from launching or harbor facilities or from private beach front property. §13-256-16 Thrill craft operations; general provisions. (b) No person shall operate thrill craft within a marine life conservation district or marine natural area reserve. (c) Thrill craft operations shall be curtailed in certain designated areas as described in subchapters two through eleven as necessary, to: 1) avoid possible adverse impacts on humpback whales or other protected marine life; 2) provide for increased public access; 3) reduce user conflicts; and 4) promote overall public safety. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

per federal regs&nbsp

No&nbsp

Idaho

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Can be considered negligent operation under some circumstances.&nbsp

No&nbsp

Illinois

No &nbsp

&nbsp

Yes &nbsp

numerous ordinaces on private lakes restrict use of PWC’s. We also have numerous areas restricting boating..ie nuclear power plant areas etc… &nbsp

No &nbsp

&nbsp

Yes &nbsp

Indiana

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

It is unlawful to jump the wake of another watercraft.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Iowa

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

A county conservation board lake, Lake Icaria, prohibits “inboard” vessels.&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Kansas

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

May be used only for fishing on our state fishing lakes&nbsp

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Yes&nbsp

Must maintain a reasonable and prudent distance behind the vessel. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Kentucky

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

A person operating a PWC shall not jump a wake in a way tha endangers human life, human physical safety or property.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Louisiana

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Carless operation&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Maine

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Certain internal waters of the state under the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission of the Dept. of Conservation.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

A person is guilty of imprudent operation of a watercraft if that person engages in prolonged circling, informal racing, wake jumping or other continued and repeated activities that harass another person.&nbsp

No&nbsp

Manitoba (Canada)

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Maryland

Yes&nbsp

Must operate at a speed of less than 6 knots if operating pwc within 100′ of other boats, people in the water, docks and bridge abutments&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Pwc’s may not jump or attempt to jump the wake of another vessel within 100′ of the vessel. This is considered negligent operation&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Massachusetts

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

(1) Eastern area of Cape Cod:six contiguous towns have prohibited them in local coastal waters.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

The “unreasonable” jumping the wake of another boat is prohibited.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Michigan

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Cannot pass within 150 feet of another vessel&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Minnesota

t’s not a statewide speed limit, just various slow-no wake zones with 150 feet of shore, docks, swimmers, swim rafts, anchored boats, etc.&nbsp

Slow no wake through emergent or floating vegetation, anchored or moored boats, non-powered boats, shore, docks, swim rafts. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Anywhere motor boats are restricted or restricted.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

No wake jumping within 150 feet of the stern of the other boat.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Mississippi

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

Missouri

No&nbsp

They also cannot operate above idle speed within 50 feet of another vessel or person in the water.&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Jumping the wake of a vessel when visibility is obstructed. Becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another motorboat within 100 feet of that motorboat.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Montana

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

crossing or jumping the wak of another vessel when within 100 yards of the vessel or within 100 yards of a waterskier being towed by a vessel&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Nebraska

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

PWC cannot jump the wake of a boat pulling skiers or tubers. PWC cannont jump wake of a boat within 50 yards of the boat.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Nevada

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Vessels must stay 5 lengths away from longest vessel.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

New Hampshire

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

A number of lakes do not allow ski craft. Also any lake less than 75 acres do not allow ski craft (one or two seater) &nbsp

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Yes&nbsp

Vessel cannot be totally airborne when jumping wakes.&nbsp

No&nbsp

New Jersey

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Point Pleasant and Cape May Canals&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

cannot jump wake w/i 100′ of vessel creating wake&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

New Mexico

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes &nbsp

within 150 feet of any other cruising vessels. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

New York

Yes&nbsp

f. No person shall operate a personal watercraft or a specialty prop-craft within five hundred feet of any designated bathing area, except in bodies of water where the opposing shoreline is less than five hundred feet from such designated area and in accordance with speed regulations and restrictions as provided by local law or ordinance but in no event at a speed in excess of ten miles per hour, provided, however, that nothing contained in this subdivision shall be construed to prohibit the launching of such vessel from designated launching areas or sites. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

restriction vary by town and waterway&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

g. Every personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft shall at all times be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers which unreasonably or unnecessarily endanger life, limb, or property, including, but not limited to, (i) weaving through congested vessel traffic, or (ii) jumping the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to such other vessel or when visibility around such other vessel is obstructed, or (iii) swerving at the last possible moment to avoid collision shall constitute reckless operation of a vessel, as provided in section forty-five of this article&nbsp

Yes, if provided on watercraft&nbsp

North Carolina

Yes&nbsp

No person shall operate a personal watercraft on the waters of this State at greater than no&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

See #66&nbsp

&nbsp

A personal watercraft must at all times be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner. Maneuvers that endanger life, limb, or property shall constitute reckless operation of a vessel as provided in G.S. 75A&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

North Dakota

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

JUmping the wake of another watercraft within one hundred feet of the other watercraft.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Northern Mariana Islands

Yes&nbsp

5 mph&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

micro beach north to paupau beach and sugar dock area south to San Antonio &nbsp

No&nbsp

&nbsp

No&nbsp

Ohio

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Operation is restricted in “No boat areas”, within 300 feet of an offical diver’s flag. &nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Becomming air borne while crossing the wake of another vessel within 100 ft or unsafe distance.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Oklahoma

No&nbsp

&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Some municipal lakes have specified PWC use areas.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

No person shall operate any vessel in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger life or property of any person. No person shall operate any vessel at speeds over ten MPH while within 50 feet in proximity to another vessel.&nbsp

Yes&nbsp

Ontario (Canada)

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