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Personal Watercraft

PERSONAL WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS

HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Must not be operated from 1 hour before sunset and until after 8:00 a.m.

OPERATOR ELIGIBILITY:

  • Those born after 12-31-78 must have a Boating Safety Certificate, must be 14 years old or more unless they had a Safety Certificate before 1-1-99.

CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS OLD:

  • Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

150 FT RULE:

  • A person shall not cross within 150 ft. behind another vessel (except another personal watercraft) that is traveling at greater than no-wake speed.

WATER DEPTH:

  • They (PWC’s) must not be operated in water less than 2 feet.

LIFE JACKETS:

  • Persons operating, riding on, or being towed by personal watercraft must wear an approved flotation device.

NOTE:

  • This is a very abbreviated list of regulations. You need to be aware of other important sections of the Michigan Marine Safety Code. Take a boating safety course designed for both young people and adults. Learn how to be a qualified boater.