The Handbook of Iowa Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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A vessel equipped with any size motor may be operated only at “a speed not greater than 5 mph” on artificial lakes that are under the custody of the Department of Natural Resources and are more than 100 acres in size. Lakes included in the regulation are:
|*Special regulations exist.|
On artificial lakes less than 100 acres in size, only a powerboat equipped with one or more outboard battery-operated electric trolling motors is allowed. There is no motor restriction on natural lakes or federal reservoirs.
Other lakes managed by counties and municipalities also have regulations. Always check local regulations. Please note that:
- On Lake Macbride, Johnson County, a boat with a motor exceeding 10 horsepower may be used from the day after Labor Day to the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend inclusively and operated at “a speed not greater than 5 miles per hour.”
- Only motors of 100 horsepower or less may be used on Loch Ayr, Ringgold County.
Motors of any horsepower operated at “a speed not greater than 5 miles per hour” only are allowed on the following lakes:
|Black Hawk Pit||Sac|
|Crawford Creek Lake||Ida|
|Deer Creek Lake||Plymouth|
|George Wyth Lake||Black Hawk|
|Lake of Three Fires||Taylor|
|Otter Creek Lake||Tama|