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Wakeboarder being towed by a boat

Several laws for water-skiing and tubing on the Ohio River differ from those of other Indiana waterways.

The operator of the towing vessel may have either an observer on board or use a rearview mirror.

  • If an observer is used, he or she must be at least 12 years of age.
  • If a rearview mirror is used, the mirror must have at least a 160-degree-wide angle of vision and be mounted so that the operator can see the person being towed.
  • A mirror is not allowed if towing a kite. There must be an observer at least 12 years of age on board.

The hours are extended to one (1) hour before sunrise to one (1) hour after sunset.

Anyone being towed on water skis, a surf board, a kite, or similar device must wear a Type I, II, or III PFD (Type V PFDs are not approved).