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Boat creating a wake

Indiana law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Examples of illegal and reckless operation are:

  • Operating a vessel at speeds that endanger human life, endanger human physical safety or property, or prevent stopping within an assured clear distance ahead. Be aware of and obey all regulatory markers, including those marked as “idle speed” or “slow, no wake speed”
  • Operating a vessel at speeds of more than 10 miles per hour between sunset and sunrise
  • Operating within 150 feet of a diver-down flag unless assisting the diver

Lake and channel restrictions vary depending on the size of the waterbody or waterway. You are required to operate at idle speed from the shoreline up to 200 feet from the shoreline, depending on the size of lake or width of the channel.

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