Boating Speed Limits in New Hampshire

As Lake Winnipesaukee becomes New Hampshire’s test case for boating speed limits, stay up to date on current boating speed limit news around the state.

The provisions of the new speed restrictions:

  • 25 miles per hour during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise; AND
  • 45 miles per hour at any other time
  • No person shall operate a vessel at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions and without regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing
  • In all cases, speed shall be controlled so the operator will be able to avoid endangering or colliding with any person, vessel, object, or shore

The speed of any vessel in excess of the limit specified in this subparagraph shall be prima facie evidence that the speed is not reasonable or prudent and that it is unlawful The NH Marine Patrol is posting signs to make boaters aware of the new law in high traffic areas around the Lakes Region, including public docks, public launch ramps, marinas, hotels and restaurants.


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