We care about your safety. Before going out on the lake, remember the following basic water safety tips.
Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio. This will keep you informed of changing severe weather conditions.
- Obey all boating laws.
- Reduce your boat’s speed in congested areas.
- Hypothermia Kills - Dress properly and always wear a life jacket.
- Beware of shallow areas, underwater obstructions and floating debris when boating.
- Exercise extreme caution when operating sailboats in the vicinity of overhead utility lines.
- Obey the Rules of the Road when boating.
- Alcohol mixed with boating can be lethal.
- Children, 12 years & younger must wear a US Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket.
- State law requires you to slow down to 5-mph speed limit when within 100 feet of all docks, swimmers, bridges and anchored boats. Turn on your navigational lights at night.
- Water levels above and below the dams are subject to fluctuations without warning; obey all warning signs and sirens.
- Skiing is dangerous for non-swimmers.
- Always wear an approved life jacket.
- Stay in open water and watch for swimmers.
- Always have an observer on board.
- Check the water depth before you dive.
- Swim with others - not by yourself.
- Avoid the regular boat channels, launching ramps and docks.
- Swim, dive and wade where you are familiar with the water depth & the bottom.
- Life jackets, they float -- you don’t.
- Watch Children closely.
- Know your abilities because water distances are deceiving.
- Never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.