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A person may only operate a human-powered (unpowered) vessel—such as a canoe, kayak, or other paddlecraft—within the boundaries of the marked channels of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) under the following conditions:

  • Only when the marked channel is the only navigable portion of the waterway available due to vessel congestions or obstructions in the water. (In this case, the operator of the human-powered vessel shall exit the ICW as soon as possible.)
  • Only when crossing the channel is done in the most direct, continuous, and expeditious manner possible and does not interfere with other vessel traffic in the channel.
  • Only during an emergency endangering life and limb.
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