Boating rules for Elkhart Lake

Wisconsin boating laws and regulations

ELPD Boat Patrol

 

1.  A Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) in serviceable condition is required to be in the boat and accessible to each person in the boat.

 

2.  A speed of SLOW NO WAKE is in effect all year long from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. SLOW NO WAKE IS DEFINED AS THE SLOWEST POSSIBLE SPEED A BOAT CAN OPERATE WHILE STILL MAINTAINING STEERAGE.

 

3.  Maintain a speed of SLOW NO WAKE at all times when operating a motor boat between the shoreline and the SLOW NO WAKE BUOYS, and within 100 feet of any craft at anchor, adrift, or not operating under engine power.

 

4.  No boat towing persons skiing, tubing, or the like can come within 100 feet of swimmers, divers, rafts, other boats or restricted areas.

 

5.  All boats engaged in towing skiers, tubers or persons in similar activities, must have a competent person, other than the pilot, observing the towed persons.

 

6.  NO SUNDAY OPERATION of motor driven boats, beginning the second Sunday of June and ending the third Sunday of September. ELECTRIC TROLLING MOTORS ARE PERMITTED.

 

7.  There is a radar enforced speed limit of 35 mph.

 

8.  A counter-clockwise course should be maintained while waterskiing, jet skiing, etc. and during times of high volume boating activity.

 

9.  A Sheboygan County Recreation Pass may be required. Contact the Planning and Resources Department at 920-459-3060 for details.

 

A complete listing of Elkhart Lake and State of Wisconsin Boating Rules, Regulations and Statutes is available at the Village Office, Grasshorn Center, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020.