Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives (HF 3770) and State Senate (SF 3624) to establish a 200-foot setback from shoreline and structures for all wakesurfing activities in Minnesota. Representatives from the recreational boating community support the legislation because it is “clear, consistent, and effective”:
Clear: 200 feet is the length of a hockey rink and is easily identifiable to boaters and enforcement officers on the water.
Consistent: The proposed legislation is consistent with existing PWC statutes and will ensure equal expectations for all enjoying Minnesota’s waterways.
Effective: A leading wake scientist determined that a 200-foot setback prevents wakes from having a consequential impact on shorelines and structures.