Watercraft

SPECIAL LOCAL WATERCRAFT CONTROLS - OTSEGO COUNTY

BIG LAKE - R281.769.10 - Slow-no wake speed zone.

10. On the waters of Big lake, section 8, town 30 north, range 2 west, Chester township, Otsego county, between a line from where the west line of lot 6, Supervisor's plat of Shallow Shores subdivision, as extended, intersects the water's edge and thence to the most westerly point of Hilton island and a line from where the west line of lot 22, Supervisor's plat of Shallow Shores subdivision, as extended, intersects the water's edge and thence to the most easterly point of Hilton island, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff.  March 14, 1975

BIG LAKE - R281.769.11 - Hours for high-speed boating and water skiing.

11. On the waters of Big lake, section 8, town 30 north, range 2 west, Chester township, Otsego county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, kite, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

History: Eff. March 14, 1975

BRADFORD LAKE - R281.769.2 - Hours for high-speed boating and water skiing.

2. On the waters of Bradford lake, sections 29, 31, and 32, town 29 north, range 3 west, Otsego Lake township, Otsego county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance. (See R281.720.8 for regulation on that part of Bradford lake lying in Crawford county.)

History: Eff. March 27, 1973

CLEAR LAKE - R281.769.5 - High-speed boating and water skiing prohibited.

5. On the waters of Clear lake, section 7, town 29 north, range 1 west, Charlton township, Otsego county, it is unlawful to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

History: Eff.  June 1, 1973

GEE LAKE - R281.769.6 - Slow-no wake speed.

6. On the waters of Gee lake, sections 13 and 24, town 29 north, range 1 west, Charlton township, Otsego county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed. (For the regulation covering that part of Gee lake lying in Montmorency county, see R281.760.9.)

History: Eff. July 14, 1973

HEART LAKE - R281.769.3 - Hours for high-speed boating and water skiing.

3. On the waters of Heart lake, section 20, town 29 north, range 3 west, Otsego Lake township, Otsego county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

History: Eff. March 27, 1973

HEART LAKE, WEST PART - R281.769.4 - Slow-no wake speed.

4. On the waters of Heart lake, section 20, town 29 north, range 3 west, Otsego Lake township, Otsego county, west of a line beginning where the west line of lot 44, Heart Lake subdivision no. 2, intersects the shore of the lake and thence southerly to where the west line of lot 83, Heart Lake subdivision no. 2, intersects the shore, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff. March 27, 1973

LITTLE BEAR LAKE - R281.769.12 - Hours for high-speed boating and water skiing.

12. On the waters of Little Bear lake, section 35, T30N, R1W, and section 2, T29N, R1W, Charlton township, Otsego county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, kite, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

History: Eff. November 29, 1975

LITTLE BEAR LAKE - WC-69-86-001 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of the canals and channels connected to Little Bear lake, section 35, T30N, RlW, and section 2, T29N, R1W, Charlton township, Otsego county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff. November 29,  1986

MANUKA LAKE, HAYES TOWNSHIP, TWC – 69-20-001 – Temporary Slow-No Wake

On the waters of Manuka Lake, sections 25, 35 and 36, T30N R4W, Hayes Township, Otsego County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed. 

“Slow-no wake speed” means a very slow speed whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.

This TWC shall expire six months from the effective date of this control. 

The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys at all points of public entry.  It is the responsibility of Hayes township to provide, place and maintain all signage, including any buoys, to notify boaters of this TWC.  This includes all public access sites within the area described above.  All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with Michigan’s approved Uniform Waterway Marking System.  Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel.  This TWC is only enforceable when properly marked.

History Eff. Date: July 30. 2020

Exp. Date: January 30, 2021

MARTIN LAKE - WC-69-95-001 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Martin lake, sections 22 and 27, town 31 north, range 4 west, Elmira township, Otsego county, state of Michigan, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

The boundaries of this area described immediately above shall be marked with signs and with buoys. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway System.

History: Eff. November 2, 1995

OPAL LAKE - R281.769.8 - Hours for high-speed boating and water skiing.

8. On the waters of Opal lake, sections 1 and 12, town 29 north, range 3 west, Otsego Lake township, Otsego county, it is unlawful, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. of the following day, to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.

History: Eff. June 20, 1973

PERCH LAKES - R281.769.1 - Slow-no wake speed.

1. On the waters of Perch lakes, section 30, town 30 north, range 3 west, Bagley township, Otsego county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff. June 1, 1973

PICKEREL LAKE - R281.769.13 - Operation of vessel powered by motor.

13. On the waters of Pickerel lake, section 11, T32N, R2W, Corwith township, Otsego county, it is unlawful to operate a vessel powered by a motor except an electric motor.

History: Eff. September 23, 1978

SECTION ONE LAKE R281.769.9 - Water skiing and high-speed boating prohibited.

9. On the waters of Section One lake, section 36, town 29 north, range 3 west, Otsego Lake township, Otsego county, it is unlawful to:

(a) Operate a vessel at high speed.

(b) Have in tow, or otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance. (See R281.720.9 for the regulation covering that part of Section One lake that lies in Crawford county.)

History: Eff. October 4, 1973

TRAVERSE LAKES - R281.769.7 - Slow-no wake speed.

7. On the waters of the Traverse lakes, sections 23 and 24, town 30 north, range 1 west, Charlton township, Otsego county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff. June 1, 1973

WEQUAS LAKE - WC-69-89-002 - Slow-no wake speed.

On the waters of Wequas lake, sections 23, 24, 25, and 26, T30N, R4W, Hayes township, Otsego county, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.

History: Eff. May 22, 1989