Boating Safety

Summer is here and boating activity is increasing.  It seems a good time to mention a couple of safety tips. Sometimes we see children on pontoon boats outside the protective railing.  This is not permitted when the boat is underway.  It could lead to a terrible accident.  If the child (or adult) fell over, the boat would likely run over them before the driver could stop the motor.  Please don't allow anyone outside the railing when the boat is underway.

All boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to display navigation lights between sunset and sunrise, and in periods of restricted visibility such as fog or heavy rain.  Be aware that the official time is sunset and sunrise, not "when it's really dark".  Boaters are ticketed when they don't turn their lights on at sunset.  More importantly, acidents happen when boats can't be seen.  We have noticed canoes out watching the fireworks from the Park, without any lights, and it's very scary.

Children under 6 must wear a life jacket at all times.  It is strongly recommended that children of all ages wear their life jackets.

Be careful out there.