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It's the Law

Obstructing Navigation

It is illegal to:

  • Anchor a vessel in a channel or launch area in a way that will prevent or interfere with any other vessel passing through the same area.
  • Moor or attach a vessel to a buoy (other than a mooring buoy), beacon, light, or any other navigational aid placed on public waters by proper authorities.
  • Move, displace, tamper with, damage, or destroy any navigational aid.
  • Place buoys, markers, or navigational aids in the water without proper authorization.
  • Obstruct a pier, boat ramp, or access to any facility.
  • Interfere unreasonably or unnecessarily with other vessels’ use of the waterways or areas used for launching into these waterways.
  • Moor, anchor, or fasten to shore for more than 14 consecutive days any vessel on public waters (see U.S. Aids to Navigation System (ATON)).
Boat anchored to mooring buoy.
Moor or attach a vessel to a mooring buoy.