The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Every person being towed behind a vessel on water skis, a surfboard, or similar device must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved wearable Type I, II, or III personal flotation device (PFD). Inflatable PFDs may not be used.
Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device must have a person on board, in addition to the vessel operator, observing the towed person(s) at all times.
It is legal to tow persons on water skis, surfboards, or any device of this type only between:
- One hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset if towed behind a boat
- 8:00 a.m. and sunset if towed behind a PWC
Persons being towed must stay at least 100 feet away from:
- A shoreline (if operating in water less than three feet deep)
- Any moored or anchored vessel
- A dock or raft
- Any marked swimming area or person(s) in the water