Boat Safety

Vermont Boating Safety Laws

The Shadow Lake Association encourages all to be aware of and follow Boating Safety Laws and Rules which have been instituted by the State of Vermont.

Please be a responsible boater and follow this summarized list of boating safety rules:

  • No vessel may be operated within 200 feet of shoreline, a person in the water, other vessels, anchorage or docks except at a speed of less than 5 mph which does not create a wake.
  • Personal Watercraft (jet-skis) are not allowed on Shadow Lake.
  • All divers and snorkelers shall display a diver down flag while in the water.image
  • All motorized vessels must maintain a distance of no less than 200 feet from a diver down flag (red with white diagonal stripe).
  • Persons under the age of 12 must wear a Coast Guard approved Type I, II or III personal flotation device (P.F.D.) aboard a vessel, while underway and on an open deck.
  • A person under the age of 12 may not operate a motorboat powered by more than six horsepower..
  • A person under the age of 16 must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device while aboard a sailboat
  • All individuals born after January 1, 1974, are required to complete a boating safety course prior to operation of a motorboat.
  • In addition to the operator, a boat towing a person(s) on water skis, a tube, or similar devices, must carry an observer at least 12 years old, in a position to observe the person(s) being towed.
  • If the recreational boat is 16-ft or more in length, except a canoe or kayak, for each person aboard, there must be a U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type I, II or III wearable P.F.D. on board. In addition, there must be at least one Type IV P.F.D. (throwable) on board.
  • It is illegal to operate a motorboat while under the influence of intoxicating liquor other substances.
  • All boaters should understand and follow the State of Vermont statutes pertaining to Title 23 chapter 29 section 3311 (c) distance requirements (2) Divers-down flag. See the Vermont statutes here.

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You can find more information on Vermont Boating Safety Operating Rules and Regulations The State of Vermont offers an online boating safety course that, if passed, provides you with a boating safety certificate.

Town of Glover Rules for The Public Beach

In 2015, The town of Glover upgraded their swimming area rules at the beach to include; ‘NO BOATS at the beach – please launch at the Fishing Access’. This rule includes all non-motorized watercraft such as; canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, etc.

The town of Glover also established a swim safety zone at the public beach.  Each spring, the town installs buoys in the lake at a distance of 200 feet from the beach shoreline to delineate the swim zone barrier for all watercraft to not enter. The regulatory cylindrical style buoys are marked in red to read ‘No Boat Zone’.  Please be very watchful at all times for swimmers in the water and always proceed with extreme caution in accordance with State of Vermont boating laws.

imageIn partnership with the town of Glover, the Shadow Lake Association supports the safety of beach goers and swimmers by excluding boats from the beach which will also help prevent the possible introduction of aquatic invasive species from watercraft being off-loaded and entering the lake without first going through our boat wash. Our Association strongly encourages the washing of all watercraft before launching and after exiting Shadow Lake and has posted a sign at the beach entrance to help direct all watercraft to properly launch at the State fishing access, where our Boat Wash station is located.