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Boat creating a wake

Illinois law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.

Operating in Restricted or “No Wake” Areas is not maintaining a proper speed and/or distance while operating a vessel. Specifically, it is illegal to:

  • Operate a vessel within an area that has been clearly marked by buoys or other markers as a bathing, fishing, swimming, or otherwise restricted area.
  • Operate a vessel within 150 feet of a public launching ramp at greater than a “slow, no wake speed.”
  • Exceed “slow, no wake speed” in any area marked with buoys or signs as “No Wake.”
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