Personal Watercraft (PWC)


Operators of Personal Watercraft (PWC) must follow the same rules of operation which govern all boating and waterskiing on Lake Elsinore.  In addition, the following rules and regulations must be observed:

  • Two Stroke Engines are allowed on Lake Elsinore.
  • All PWCs may carry no more than manufacturer’s designation. 
  • PWC operators and passengers must wear an approved PFD (personal flotation device) at all times. 
  • PWC must be equipped with a Type B-1 fire extinguisher.
  • The required age for operating a PWC is 16 years or older.
  • All operators should be cautious when turning or overtaking another vessel and must yield the right-of-way to    the  vessel on the right or the vessel being passed.
  • Passing too close to other vessels can be dangerous at any speed. Keep a minimum distance of 25 feet from any other vessel.
  • Vessel operators may not turn sharply in close range of any person or vessel to “spray them down”.
  • Sharp turns, such as 180 and 360 turns, are prohibited. Those who fail to observe direction of travel will be cited.
  • Vessel operators may not operate at a speed and proximity to another vessel to cause either vessel to swerve at the last minute to avoid collision. Speeding, racing or reckless operation of a PWC is strictly prohibited and illegal.
  • When pulling a skier, the PWC must be designed to carry (3) persons, and carry no more than two with one passenger designated as the observer.