(1) A person may not anchor a vessel or other obstacle for fishing or pleasure purposes
on any body of water over which the state has jurisdiction in a position that obstructs
a passageway ordinarily used by other vessels.
(2) A person may not operate a pleasure vessel within 20 feet of the exterior boundary
of a water area that is clearly marked by buoys or some other distinguishing device
as a bathing or swimming area. Swimming areas must be marked with white buoys having international orange markings
in conformance with the uniform state waterway marking system by the owners of the
(3) A person may not operate a vessel within 75 feet of a person engaged in fishing
or hunting waterfowl, unless unavoidable. If unavoidable, the vessel must be operated at not greater than no-wake speed or at
a minimum speed necessary to maintain upstream progress while within 75 feet of the
person engaged in fishing or hunting waterfowl.
(4)(a) A person may not purposely, knowingly, or negligently operate a motorboat upon
the waters of this state within 200 feet of a tow-float or buoy displaying a “diver-down”
symbol, red with a white slash, on a flag.
(b) The motorboat may enter the 200-foot safety zone by use of sail or oar. In an emergency or if there is insufficient water on either side of the 200-foot safety
zone to pass by and stay out of the zone, the operator may use power within the zone
but may not exceed no-wake speed. The burden of proving that an emergency exists or that there is insufficient water
is on the operator.
(c) The fish and wildlife commission may by rule determine areas where establishment
of a 200-foot safety zone is not allowed in order to provide for diver safety or the
regulation of water traffic.
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