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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

In North Dakota, these are the operating laws for PWC.

  • It is illegal to operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise unless the PWC is equipped with the required navigation lights.
  • It is illegal to operate a PWC at greater than “slow, no wake speed” within 100 feet of:
    • A person fishing from a shoreline
    • A swimmer
    • A swimming or diving raft
    • An occupied, anchored, or unpowered vessel
  • It is illegal to operate a PWC in a way that unnecessarily endangers others or their property. Specifically, it is illegal to:
    • Weave your PWC through congested waterway traffic.
    • Operate your PWC so that you must swerve at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision.
    • Jump the wake of another vessel within 100 feet of that vessel.
    • Operate in any way that is not reasonable or prudent.
  • It is illegal to operate your PWC through emergent or floating vegetation at greater than “slow, no wake speed.”
  • It is illegal to chase, harass, or disturb wildlife with your PWC.
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