Boating Safety Regulations
 
Posted on Tuesday July 31, 2018
 
Village Hall has received several comments regarding lake use and damage to shorelines, bulkheads and docks. This is a reminder of Village Ordinances.
 

Village Hall has received several comments regarding lake use and damage to shorelines, bulkheads and docks. This is a reminder of Village Ordinances.

Applies to all lakes:
*Children under the age of 12 are prohibited from swimming, boating, or playing in the lakes and parks unless accompanied by an adult responsible for the safety of the child.

*Water skis, rafts and all other devices towed by a water craft but manipulated by the person being towed thereupon may be operated only during the daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.  Except upon entry to and exit from your own property, no water-skiing activities of any sort shall be permitted in prohibited areas nor take place closer than one hundred and fifty (150) feet to any residential shoreline.

 * Watercraft propelled by internal combustion engines may be operated only on Thagard Lake.  However, it has been determined that certain types of watercraft can be operated in a manner dangerous to persons or property.  Such watercraft includes jet skis, water scooters, wave surfers, power sleds, and similar devices; therefore; in the interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the Community, the use of any such watercraft is prohibited.

*To prevent erosion and damage from watercraft wake, no watercraft shall be operated at more than 32 MPH and shall reduce speed to 5 MPH within 150 feet of any residential shoreline.

Applies to Thagard Lake:
*No boating within roped-off areas.
*No watercraft shall exceed a speed limit of 32 MPH and shall reduce speed to 5 MPH (no wake speed):                              a.         within 150 feet from shore (except between an area 50 feet from the north shore of the island and the buoys),
 
b.         anywhere inside the shoreline buoys,
 
c.          all parts of Little River and surrounding bays,                                                           
 
d.         the entire large bay on the north side of the lake designated by the large white buoy.

*All internal combustion engine powered watercraft operating outside of the shoreline buoy shall move in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake.  All other watercraft are also encouraged to travel in a counter-clockwise direction.

*All watercraft shall move from and to their docks at more or less of a right angle until they are outside the shoreline buoys unless the intent is to cruise at or below the 5 MPH speed limit.

*While underway, all powerboats must keep a reasonable distance from all other users of the lake such as sailboats, fisherman, canoes and swimmers.                                        

*Racing of any kind is not permitted on the lake.

 
 
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