A warning from Lake Forest Park Police

Monday, June 26, 2017

Boating and Water Skiing Safety

It’s the first days of summer and the weather has been great. That means lots of boaters enjoying Lake Washington. The PD has already received a couple of complaints regarding boating and water skiing. 

Here are a few tips:

Water skiing:
  • Watercraft must be operated by at least 2 people.
  • It is unlawful to waterski within 100 yards of shore.
  • There is no towing from sunset to sunrise.
  • Floatation devices must be worn.
The 100 yard rule is highlighted because that is a violation that happens often around here. Please be respectful of those living on the water and stay back, it’s safer for everyone!

Boating regulations fact sheet:
  • King County Boating Restrictions are listed in the King County Code under Title 12, Section 44: Public Peace, Safety and Morals, Boating Regulations.
  • Personal watercraft are considered vessels and must comply with all pertinent regulations.
  • ALL vessels must have at least one USCG approved personal flotation device per passenger onboard.
  • Boater Education Cards: Anyone born on or after January 1, 1955, must have a boater education card to operate a vessel with an engine of 15 or more horsepower.
  • Powered vessels are required to remain 50 feet from swimmers when the propeller is engaged.
  • Non-motorized craft have the right-of-way.
  • Make sure to inspect your watercraft at the boat launch before entry and after exit to avoid spreading any invasive or nuisance aquatic plants or animals to other lakes.

Here's the King County code on the subject

Be safe and have fun!

--Lake Forest Park Police


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