Lake Mahopac Rules

Lake Mahopac Park District Boater Safety Page:

http://www.lakemahopac.org/boatersafety

Visit the Lake Mahopac District website for more information at: http://www.lakemahopac.org

New York State Boating Education Page:

https://parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating/education.aspx

Who needs a boating safety certificate?

Motorboats: 

Under a new law, known as Brianna's Law, all motor boat operators:

  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2022.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2023.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024.
  • ***All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.

Personal Watercraft:

Anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (JetSki, Wave Runner, etc.) must have a boating safety certificate, and be at least 14 years of age or older.

All Boats & Personal Water Craft (P.W.C.) MUST:

  • Speed MUST be 5 MPH (NO WAKE) or less within 100 feet of Docks and Shore
  • A USCG Approved Life Jackets (PFD) is required for ALL persons
  • Under 12 Years Old----Must Have Life Jacket On
  • Skiers/Tubes/etc. MUST have an observer at least 10Years Old
  • No operation under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Operator & Passengers of Personal Water Craft Also MUST:

  • MUST Wear USCG Approved Life Jacket
  • Only a person 14 years old or older with a Boating Safety Course Certification approved by NYS Parks may operate a personal water craft.
  • ALL Operators of PWC Must have a Boating Safety Course Certification approved by NYS Parks
  • Must have Cut-Off Cord on Body
  • Wake Jumping is Prohibited
  • All New York State & Carmel Town Laws will be Strictly Enforced by the Town of Carmel Police Department Marine Division
Click below for the boater hazard safety map of Lake Mahopac
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