The Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Every person on board a PWC must wear a U.S. Coast Guard–approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD.
An operator of a PWC equipped with a lanyard-type engine cut-off switch must attach the lanyard to his or her person, clothing, or PFD.
A PWC may not be operated between sunset and sunrise.
A PWC operator must always face forward.
A PWC may not be operated at faster than “slow, no wake speed” within:
- 100 feet of any other vessel on any waterbody
- 200 feet of shore on any lake
- 100 feet of a dock, pier, raft, or restricted area on any lake
There are minimum age and boater education requirements for operators of PWC. See Who May Operate/Age Restrictions.
A PWC must be operated in a responsible manner. Maneuvers that endanger people or property are prohibited, including:
- Jumping a wake with a PWC within 100 feet of another vessel
- Operating within 100 feet of a vessel that is towing a person on water skis, inner tube, wakeboard, or similar device, or operating within 100 feet of the tow rope or person being towed
- Weaving a PWC through congested waterway traffic
- Steering toward another object or person in the water and swerving at the last possible moment in order to avoid collision
- Chasing, harassing, or disturbing wildlife with a PWC