* Travel around the lake in a counterclockwise direction.

* When overtaking another watercraft always pass on its port (the left) side.

* Motorboats must give way to non-motorized vessels such as sailboats, rowboats, sailboards, and kayaks.

* Watercraft must stay at least 100' from shore, docks, rafts, and anchored boats unless traveling at a no-wake speed.

* A boat or personal watercraft pulling skiers, tubers, etc. must have a spotter - a person other than the driver - to watch those being towed. 

* Maximum boating speed on an inland lake is 55 mph.

* It is illegal to operate a PWC (personal watercraft/jet ski) from sunset to 8 a.m.

* Jumping the wake with a PWC can be construed as reckless behavior  regardless of your distance from the boat generating the wake. 

* PWC should stay at least 200' from fishermen.

* PWC owners who allow a friend to operate their boat can also be ticketed for any infraction even if the owners are not on the boat.

* Only a 3-person PWC can pull tubers, skiers, etc.

* One life jacket or PFD is required for each person on board. 

* A throwable PFD (ring, cushion) is required on any boat 16' or longer.

Should You Take A Boater Safety Course?

Michigan law places certain restrictions on boat and personal watercraft (PWC) operators. These restrictions vary depending on the operator's age, the type of vessel being operated, and the horsepower of that vessel.

Every boater on North Lake should make boating a safe, enjoyable pastime! Become an educated, responsible boater by completing
a Michigan boater safety course and practice what you learn.  You must be at least 12 years of age to take this online course.

Boating & Jet Ski Age Restrictions

Persons less than 12 years of age:

* May operate a boat powered by a motor of no more than 6 horsepower (hp) legally without restrictions. 

* May operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 6 hp but not more than 35 hp legally only if they: . . . . 

             





May not operate a boat powered by a motor of more than 35 hp legally under any conditions.

Those born on or after July 1, 1996, may operate a boat legally only if they have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat.

Those born before July 1, 1996, may operate a boat legally without restrictions.

Personal Watercraft/Jet Ski

Those less than 14 years of age may not legally operate a PWC.

Those 14 and 15 years of age may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate and …

       






     



 




Those at least 16 years of age and born after December 31,1978, may operate a PWC legally only if they have obtained a boating safety certificate.

Those born on or before December 31, 1978, may operate a PWC legally without restrictions.

Click Here For Online Boating Course


  • This site offers an online Michigan Boater Safety Course for general boating and jet skis. This is a state-approved course.  Other online sites offer similar courses.
  • You can take the safety​ course for free and then pay $29.50 if you wish to take the state exam and earn your Michigan Boater Education Card.
  • ​After paying the $29.50, you take the Michigan Boating License final exam. Keep taking the exam for free until you pass.
  • ​Instantly print out your Michigan Boater Education Card.

* Are accompanied on board by their parent or legal guardian or by a person at least 21 years of age who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian or


​* ​Are operating or riding the PWC at a distance of not more than 100 feet from their parent or legal guardian or from a person at least 21 years of age who has been designated by the parent or legal guardian.

Excerpts from Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws

Some Boating Safety Tips for North Lakers

* Have been issued a boating safety certificate and have it on board the boat and


* Are directly supervised on board by a person at least 16 years of age.