Big Star Lake & State
of Michigan Rules
(Thank You BSLA Board Member Wanda M. for supplying
Also see: http://www.boat-ed.com/michigan/handbook/index.html
Water Skiing, etc. only from 11 A.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Wake" hours from 7:30 P.M. to 11 A.M.
* Drive around
100-foot distance from boats and other objects.
all laws, ordinances, and safety rules.
regulated by the marine Safety Act.
not be operated between sunset and sunrise.
maintain 100-foot distance from docks, rafts, and bouyed
or occupied bathing
not cross any vessel's wake within 150 feet.
Jet Skiers ...
not be less than 12 years old.
be less than 16 years old IF: **they hold Boating Safety
Certificates or **are
accompanied by persons 16 or older.
ski in a reasonable and prudent manner.
Safety tips: BOATING LAWS
(These rules apply to operators of all watercraft, Including jet
speed limit on inland waters is 55 mph.
a distance of 100 feet from all anchored, moored, or
craft, occupied swimming areas, docks, and rafts,
are operating at a slow, "no wake" speed.
Operators of watercraft over six (6) horsepower must be above
sixteen (16) years of age unless, between the ages of twelve (12)
and (16), a young person holds a Boating Safety Certificate or
is accompanied by an adult.
Each watercraft must be equipped with at least
Guard-approved, wearable floatation device ("life jacket")
each person on board. Requirements for fire extinguishers
lifelines depend on the craft's size and use (consult Michigan
Craft that tow skiers or marine devices must be equipped with a
and have on board some other competent observer
While a craft is under weigh, no one may stand or sit on any part
which was not built to be stood or sat on (e.g., sides or deck).
shall have right of way over motor craft.
craft shall be only operated wtih adequate, functioning
person shall so operate any craft as to disturb
the peace of
craft shall move in counter-clockwise directions on inland
Operating watercraft while under the influence of drugs
alcohol is illegal and subjects apprehended operators
When in doubt, call DNR 6th District
Headquarters in Cadillac: (616) 775-9727
inserted 28 July 2011
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