Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Generic photo of motor boat on Lake HopatcongAs a result of the ongoing boating concerns in Byram Cove, the following voluntary guidelines were drafted by representatives of homeowners, recreational boaters, anglers and lake businesses. They are being distributed through local businesses, clubs and organizations.

The intent, according to the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, is to demonstrate that lake residents and lake users are capable of taking personal responsibility for their own boating activities and those of their guests without resorting to state-imposed regulations.

The following is a statement from the Foundation:
Lake Hopatcong Foundation Posts Voluntary Rules for Responsible Boating

“Whether you are a homeowner, boater, angler, sailor, swimmer, kayaker, or any user of Lake Hopatcong, we all need to share the water. By working together to maintain a safe and healthy lake where each user respects the rights of others, we can avoid the need for more regulations and can equally enjoy Lake Hopatcong.

“A little consideration can go a long way toward avoiding misunderstandings and conflicts, which affect all of us who love Lake Hopatcong.”

Lake Hopatcong Guidelines:

  • Take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning boats, trailers, fishing gear and other equipment that has recently been in other bodies of water.
  • Never throw trash in the lake. Litter in the lake hurts both humans and fish. Do not feed water fowl.
  • Practice proper fueling techniques. Use pump-out facilities if applicable for your boat.
  • Consider the impact your boat wake has for those fishing, kayaking, enjoying time on a moored boat, and even on shore.
  • Respect private property and do not trespass on private land. However, if your boat is in distress, drift or paddle to a dock and call for help.
  • Lend a hand. Assist anyone in distress on the lake as long as you can do so safely.
  • Pass behind unpowered vessels like sailboats, rowboats, and kayaks.
  • Treat other anglers, boaters and recreational users with courtesy and respect.
  • When anchoring, choose a spot that does not impede navigation.

Get more information on the lake and boating rules from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation.