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Boat creating a wake

Negligent and reckless operation of a vessel is illegal in Texas. Negligent and reckless operation includes:

  • Operating at speeds that are not reasonable and prudent based on boating traffic, weather conditions, visibility, or other potential hazards. If no speed limits are posted, you should operate a vessel so that it does not endanger others and so that it can be stopped safely.
  • Causing damage to a person or property with a vessel’s wake in posted “No Wake” areas. In these areas, you should operate a vessel slowly so that it does not throw a wake. In addition, you should reduce your speed when passing:
    • Near a swimming area
    • Close to a shoreline
    • Another vessel where people are fishing, water-skiing, diving, or anchored
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