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Montana law states that it is unlawful to operate a vessel in a reckless, negligent, or dangerous manner. Specifically, these operating practices are illegal.

Improper Distance is operating dangerously close to others. It is illegal to:

  • Operate your vessel within 20 feet of the exterior boundary of a designated swimming area marked by white and orange buoys.
  • Operate a vessel within 75 feet of a person engaged in fishing or hunting waterfowl, unless it is unavoidable. If unavoidable, travel at “no wake speed” or at the minimum speed necessary.
  • Operate a motorboat within 200 feet of a tow-float or buoy displaying a red flag with a white slash indicating a “diver down,” except by sail or oar. In an emergency, or if there is insufficient water on either side to avoid passing through the 200-foot safety zone, do not exceed “no wake speed.”
  • Operate your vessel within 50 feet of a swimmer in the water, except for vessels towing water-skiers.
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