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Wakeboarder towed behind a boat

Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis, aquaplanes, surfboards, inner tubes, or any similar devices must do so safely and responsibly.

  • Persons may be towed behind a vessel on water skis or any other device during daylight hours only (sunrise to sunset).
  • If vessel traffic permits, skiers may start from the shore or dock. Skiers may not be returned to the shore or dock under power.
  • Boat operators involved in wakesurfing must follow these rules.
    • It is prohibited to operate a motorboat propelled by an outboard motor, inboard/outboard motor, or water jet while a person is wakesurfing in or on the wake of the motorboat. (Only inboard motors may be used for wakesurfing.)
    • Boats engaged in the activity of wakesurfing are limited to “slow, no wake speed” when within 200 feet of:
      • A shoreline, docks, or launch ramps
      • Swimmers, downed skiers, or persons wading in the water
      • Anchored, moored, or drifting vessels or floats (except ski jumps and ski landing floats)
      • Other marked areas
  • It is prohibited to operate a motorboat at any speed when towing a person on water skis or other devices using a tow rope of 20 feet or less as measured from the transom of the boat. This prohibition does not apply to wakesurfing.
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