Watercraft Rules & Regulations

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Water motorcycle stand on turquoise sea surface at sunny day. Water bike on waves.

Operation of Boats

  • No one under the age of 14 shall operate any motorized watercraft.  Proof of age may be requested by Water Patrol
  • All watercraft, except sailboats, must travel counter-clockwise at all times
  • All coves are considered “No Wake” zones
  • Travel counter-clockwise at all times, except when picking up a fallen person
  • Recommend following all Missouri Water Patrol Rules

Speed Limit

  • Boating speed limit 40 mph
  • No Wake Time Memorial Day through Labor Day: 7 p.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • No Wake Time After Labor Day: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Required Items

  • Must have a Coast Guard Approved life jacket for each person
  • PWC drivers and passengers must wear Coast Guard Approved life jacket at all times
  • Watercraft operating after dark must have proper running lights

SKI, TUBE and Wakeboard Safety

  • Boats pulling skiers, tubes, wakeboards, etc. must be equipped with a rear-view mirror or have at least (2) occupants
  • No more than three (3) skiers or wake board riders and no more tubers than the rated capacity for such tube
  • A rectangular orange or red flag, at least 12 inches x 12 inches, must be displayed when the person is in the water before or after being towed. The flag should not be displayed while the motorboat is engaged in towing but should be displayed again when the towed person enters the water. PWC and moored or anchored motorboats are exempt from this requirement.  Wake surfing is prohibited
  • All tow ropes must be 50’ long