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Special Boating Rules Three Mile Lake Paw Paw, MI 2017-08-15T16:49:00+00:00

***Please help keep our lake safe and abide by the special boating rules at all times***

“High Speed Boating” is defined as a speed at which a boat reaches a planing condition.

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT MARINE SAFETY SECTION


SPECIAL LOCAL WATERCRAFT CONTROLS – VAN BUREN COUNTY –
LITTLE THREE MILE LAKE AND PORTION OF THREE MILE LAKE – R281.780.2 –

High-speed boating and water skiing prohibited.
2. On the waters of Little Three Mile lake and on that part of Three Mile lake south of the south eighth line of section 21, T3S, R14W, Van Buren county, state of Michigan, no operator of any motorboat shall:
(a) Operate such motorboat at high speed.
(b) Have in tow, or shall otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance.
History:  Eff. February 14, 1966

RUSH LAKE AND THREE MILE LAKE – R281.780.1 – Water skiing hours.
1. On the waters of Rush lake and Three Mile lake, Van Buren county,  state of Michigan, no operator of any motorboat shall have in tow, or shall otherwise assist in the propulsion of, a person on
water skis, water sled, surfboard, or other similar contrivance during the period from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. of the following day.
History:  Eff. February 14, 1966


R 281.700.3  High-speed boating and water skiing prohibited; time.
Rule 3. (1) On the waters of this state where special local watercraft controls have been established prohibiting high-speed boating and water skiing from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. of the following day, the hours shall be 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 a.m. of the following day when and where eastern daylight saving time is in effect.
(2) “Daylight saving time” means the advancing of the standard time by 1 hour, commencing at 2 o’clock antemeridian on the last Sunday of April of each year and ending at 2 o’clock antemeridian on the last Sunday of October of each year in conformity with the federal uniform time act of 1966.

Special restrictions regarding high speed boating and towing are in effect by statue for our lakes.  Below is the full regulation enacted by the DNR.

For quick reference:

  • No one can operate a boat at high speed or tow skiers/tubers on the South Side portion of the lake essentially south of the island – see map to left.  AND in all of Little Three Mile Lake
  • There is no towing on the ENTIRE LAKE during special times:
  • During Eastern Daylight Savings time from 7:30 pm to 11:00 am the following day.  March 12th to November 5th 2017
  • The remainder of the year the time is 6:30 pm to 10:00 am

REPORTING VIOLATIONS:

Michigan DNR reporting hotline :

800-292-7800

Van Buren County Sheriff Central Dispatch:

269-657-3101

Van Buren County Sheriff Administration:

269-657-2006