Boater education prevents accidents and saves lives.
Whether or not their state requires it, all boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to the water. Statistics bear out what logic suggests—those without boater education put themselves and others at risk.
-American Boating Association
Approved by the Vermont State Police, recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators.
To create an environment of safe and courteous use of the lake that will ensure maximum enjoyment of the lake for all, boaters and non-boaters. All persons using the lake are asked to be respectful of the rights of others and adhere to common sense rules of courtesy when on or near the lake.
- Vermont law prohibits operation of any watercraft in a reckless or negligent manner or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Vermont law prohibits speeds in excess of 5 mph within 200 feet of swimming and docking areas and within 200 feet of any shoreline.
- Skiers maybe launched from any beach, raft or docking area.
- Any activity requiring the use of motor boats at high speeds, including skiing and tubing is limited to periods after sunrise and before sunset.
- Clearance between watercraft, people, docks and moorings must be maintained at a minimum of 200 feet or more if traveling faster than 5 mph.
- Scuba divers should dive only with a partner and are required to display a diver down flag.
- Vermont law requires life jackets be onboard for each person onboard any watercraft regardless of age and children under age 12 must wear a life jacket when the boat is underway.
- Vermont law requires a boat towing a water skier, surfboard, tube or any device must have an observer at least 12 years of age or older onboard in addition to the boat operator.
- Vermont law requires persons born after January 1, 1974 to take an approved boating safety course and carry the boating safety certificate before operating any motor boat on the waters of Vermont.