Missouri’s Reckless Boat Operation Regulations
According to Missouri’s reckless operation regulations, it is illegal to operate any boat, waterskis, wakeboard, or similar device, in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.
Examples of boat operation violations may include:
- Operating in a restricted area.
- Disturbing or harassing wildlife.
- Creating a hazardous wake.
- Boating while under the influence.
Penalties for Reckless Boat Operation:
- Upon a first conviction, a person will be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
- Upon a second conviction, a person will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
- Upon a third or subsequent conviction, a person will be guilty of a Class D felony.
Boat Speed Limits and Operation in Restricted Areas
In Missouri, it is illegal to:
- Operate a boat in any restricted or zoned area.
- Operate at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour (mph) from a half-hour after sunset until an hour before sunrise.
- Operate within 100 feet of any dock, pier, occupied anchored boat or buoyed restricted area on any waterway at a speed in excess of ‘Slow-No Wake’ speed.
For more information on boat operation violations within the state of Missouri, visit the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division website.