Detroit River; Special Regulations

On the water Wake Rules

City of Detroit

On the following waters of the Detroit River and the Rouge River, and those canals and channels connected thereto, located within the city limits, the following provisions apply:

(a) It shall be unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed on the Detroit River when within 400 feet of any shore, from the western city of Detroit corporate limits to the St. Aubin marina.

(b) It shall be unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed on that part of the Detroit River between the mainland shore and the north shore of Belle Isle, commencing from the St. Aubin marina to a line from the most eastern point of Belle Isle to Conners Creek extended.

(c) It shall be unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed on that part of the Detroit River when within 400 feet of any shore, from Conners Creek extended to the eastern city of Detroit corporate limits

It shall be unlawful, at any time, to operate a vessel at a speed in excess of 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour).

Detroit River No Wake; Detroit

City of Trenton
Speed of Boats Ordinance

On the following waters of the Detroit River, within the corporate limits of the city of Trenton, Wayne County, town 4 south, range 11 east, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed, when within 1000 feet of any shore, dock, or pierhead.

This rule applies only to vessels used for recreational puroposes:

On the waters of all artificial and natural channels and canals, within the corporate limits of the city of Trenton, Wayne County, town 4 south, range 11 east, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

Detroit River No Wake; Trenton

City of Grosse Ile
Speed of Boats Ordinance

Section 94. Speed; Within 1000 feet of shorline; No Wake.

  1. On the waters of the Detroit River and connected waters, Town 4 South, Range 11 East and Town 5 South, Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 1000 feet of any shore, dock or pierhead, except:

    • East of Grosse Ile and west of Ballards Reef Channel from Black Can Buoy #1 upstream to Grosse Ile Spit Lighted Buoy LL 969 (HB 1 QK FLW) and
    • West of Grosse Ile and east of teh mainland of Wayne County from Red Nun #6 upstream to Grosse Ile Split Lighted Buoy LL 969 (HB 1 QK FLW) and
    • On those waters adjacent to the Island of Mama Juda, Powder House, and Stony.


  2. Thorofare Canal: slow--no wake speed.
    On the waters of Thorofare Canal, P.C. 549, 550, 551, Town 4 South , Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

  3. Frenchman Creek and connected waters; slow--no wake speed.
    On the waters of Frenchman Creek, passages east and west of Round Island and connected artifical canal, Town 4 South , Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

  4. Meso-Hickory Passage; slow--no wake speed.
    On the waters of the passage between meso and Hickory Islands, Town 5 South, Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

  5. Swan Island Canal; slow--no wake speed.
    On the waters of the canal between Swan Island and teh mainland of Grosse Ile, Town 4 South, Range 11 East, Town 5 South, Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

  6. Elba Island Canals; slow--no wake speed.
    On the waters of the natual and artifical channels and canals adjacent to Elaba Island, P.C. 553, 554 and 557, Town 4 South, Range 11 East, Town 5 South, Range 11 East, Grosse Ile Township, Wayne County, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a slow--no wake speed.

City of Gibraltar
Gibraltar Regulation No. 82, Wayne County, R281.782.12, Detroit River, City of Gibraltar; slow--no wake speed;

  1. On the waters of the Detroit River, within the corporate limits of the City of Gibraltar, Wayne County, Town 4 South, Range 10 and 11 East, Town 5 South, Range 10 and 11 East, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessle to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 500 feet of any shore, dock or pierhead.

  2. This rule applies only to vessels used for recreational purposes.
Gibraltar Regulation No. 82, Wayne County, R281.782.13, Natural and artificial channels and canals, City of Gibraltar; slow--no wake speed;

On the waters of all artificial and natural channels and canals, within the corporate limits of the City of Gibraltar, Wayne County, Town 4 South, Range 10 and 11 East, Town 5 South, Range 10 and 11 East, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessle to exceed a slow--no wake speed when within 500 feet of any shore, dock or pierhead.

Detroit River No Wake; Gibraltar

City of Wyandotte
Speed of Boats Ordinance

On the following waters of the Detroit River adjacent to the City, it is unlawful for the operator of a vessel to exceed a "slow -- no wake speed" when within three hundred (300) feet of the shore:

  1. South of an east-west line beginning where the Ecorse Creek intersects the Detroit River, extending eastward 300 feet from shore, and continuing to 300 feet south of the intersection of Perry Place with the Detroit River.

  2. South of an east-west line beginning where Cedar Street, as extended, intersects the Detroit River, thence south to the southernmost city limit as extended 300 feet off shore.

Detroit River No Wake; Wyandotte

Full Sized (2.8M) map of No Wake Zones

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