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The Kalamazoo Sail and Power Squadron placed signs at launch ramps that remind
boaters about safe and courteous boat operation. Signs were placed at Austin Lake,
Long Lake (Portage), Sherman Lake, Gull Lake. and the municipal ramp at South Haven.
The signs say:
Your drain plug.
Life vests or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD)
for everyone on your vessel.
Children under 6 must always wear a PFD.
Those riding a Personal Water Craft (PWC) or jet ski,
being towed, wind surfing or water skiing must
wear a high-impact rated PFD.
Travel counterclockwise on inland lakes
Obey slow no-wake areas
Avoid transporting invasive plants and pests from lake to lake.
Empty bait boxes away from the water.
Remove weeds and debris from your lines, anchors and prop.
Thoroughly rinse and dry your boat before visiting another lake.
PFDs must be properly fitted to each person.
Don't buy a PDF hoping your child will grow into it. That's dangerous.
The state of Michigan has finally made boating education mandatory
Beginning November 1, 2012, a person who is born on or after July 1, 1996
shall not operate a motorboat on the waters of Michigan unless the person has
been issued and is in possession of a boating safety certificate. By the year
2050 that will include everyone under the age of 54.