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  • 1.  No wake zones

    Posted 03-17-2021 12:48 PM

    Does anybody know of or dealt with no wake zones specific to a length of boat? 

    IE: no wake zone for boats 25' or longer.


    Scott Freemyer

  • 2.  RE: No wake zones

    Posted 03-18-2021 09:09 AM
    We have a few controls here in Michigan that cover vessels over a certain size to operate at slow no wake. Here is an example of one of these controls:

    SPRING LAKE - CITY OF FERRYSBURG – WC-70-20-002 - Slow-no wake speed.

    On that portion of the waters of Spring Lake located within the City of Ferrysburg, Ottawa County, it is unlawful for:

    1. The operator of a vessel less than 26 feet in length to exceed a slow-no wake speed when within 200 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.

    2. The operator of a vessel 26 feet or more in length to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

    Slow-no wake speed means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

    The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys at all points of public entry.  It is the responsibility of the City of Ferrysburg to provide, place and maintain all signage, including any buoys, to notify boaters of this watercraft control.  This includes all public access sites within the area described above.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with Michigan's approved Uniform Waterway Marking System.  Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel.  This local watercraft control is only enforceable when properly marked.

    History Eff: August 4, 2020

    Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

    Cpl. Ivan Perez

    State Marine Specialist

    DNR LED Recreational Safety, Education, and Enforcement Section

    525 W. Allegan Street

    P.O. Box 30031

    Lansing, MI 48909


    Ivan Perez
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources

  • 3.  RE: No wake zones

    Posted 03-20-2021 01:16 PM
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    Attached is the Benewah Co. No Wake Ordinance. The last section addresses the No Wake Zone for vessels 27' and over.


    Bob Bjelland

    Kootenai County Recreation Safety Deputy (Retired)

    Idaho Boating Safety Instructor


    benewahco_id-id-1.pdf   17 KB 1 version

  • 4.  RE: No wake zones

    Posted 03-18-2021 04:15 PM
    Marina del Rey, California has a no wake zone for all vessels.  I do not see why one would allow smaller vessels to make a wake.

    David Lumian
    ASA and ACA instructor trainer

  • 5.  RE: No wake zones

    Posted 03-18-2021 05:57 PM
    As a former Marine Police Officer/ State Trooper in the NJ State Police Marine Bureau we would do investigations of areas to certify as to the need for Slow Speed Buoys and their placement. From that a standard was developed for the State of New Jersey.
    Generally Slow Speed buoys are placed 200 ft. from the location that is being protected. This would apply to "all vessels".
    The following is what is printed in our Boating Safety Certificate Training Manual:
    *Operating any power vessel in a marked "slow speed/no wake" area greater that "no wake speed". Power vessels may not be on plane in such a marked area.
    *Exceeding "slow speed/no wake" when passing:
    Vessels not under command such as anchored vessels
    Work Barges or floats that are engaged in construction
    Emergency vessels ( displaying flashing lights)
    Within 200 feet of a marina, pier, dock, or wharf
    Through bridge openings of 400 feet or less in width
    Through lagoons ,canals, or confine areas less that 200 feet in width
    We also have a statute that states that PWCs must go at minimum speed in waters that are less than 30 inches deep.
    this is an environmental regulation to protect shallow areas.
    This just about covers every circumstance that we could think of at the time and it covers all vessel length!

    Keith Gunsten
    Keith R Gunsten Investigations and Security