No Wake Speed Limit

Speed limit and boat wake control zones exist throughout our boating region. Almost none of these speed zones are depicted on our nautical charts. Often, but not always, the speed zones are marked by on-water buoys or signage along the shore. Signage for No Wake zones is often private to protect nearby docks or marinas. Rules and regulations for these speed zones are established by local city, county, state, provincial and port authority laws. Various controlling authorities police and enforce speed limit and no wake zones for the safety of people, boats, marinas, and shorelines. Speed limit and no wake zones are not normally depicted on charts and may or may not be marked with signs or buoys.

There are a wide variety of different signage and buoys marking speed limit and no wake areas. That being said, boaters are expected to operate their vessels in compliance with these regulations. Speed limits and no wake rules are imposed by a variety of different jurisdictions, including cities, port authorities, county government, provincial government, and state government.

In general:

  • Speed should be reduced and wake minimized when within 100 yards of shore.
  • Reduce speed and minimize wake when near beaches, swimmers, kayaks, canoes, and divers.
  • A “No Wake 5-knot speed zone” requires a speed that produces a minimized wake which may be less than the 5-knot maximum.
  • Kill your transom wake by briefly halting outside a marina entrance.
  • Big fast boats should be especially carefully with their powerful large wakes.

NOTE: This is not a complete list but does include many of the commonly visited locations.