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Michigan law designates the following dangerous operating practices as illegal.

Improper Distance is not maintaining a proper distance while operating a vessel or towing a person. To maintain a proper distance when you are operating on the waters of the state in areas not marked by well-defined channels, canals, rivers, or stream courses, at greater than “slow, no wake speed,” the vessel or persons being towed must not be within 100 feet of:

  • 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

Improper Distance for PWC means that, if operating at greater than “slow, no wake speed,” PWC also must:

  • Stay at least 200 feet from any Great Lakes shoreline.
  • Not cross within 150 feet behind another vessel other than another PWC.
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