Community Lakes Association
It's the first two weeks of August and there are many people on the ponds and
lakes. Read the following for boat safety for yourself, your visiting
friends/family, as well as for information about what to do if you see boats
operating as to endanger others.
With some frequency the Community Lakes Association receives questions from
people about boats and waterskiers/tubers coming close to shore and to
swimmers. This is clearly defined by Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife
Boats towing a person (s) on waterskis, surfboards, aquaplanes or similar
devices cannot operate within 200 feet of any shoreline. The shoreline
applies to the mainland as well as to islands. The only exception is for the
boat to pick up or drop off the person(s) being towed.
Spotters are also required under this law. Besides the boat operator, there
must be a second person in the boat who is in a position to continually
observe the person(s) being towed. This second person in the boat must be at
least 12 years old.
Boats towing a person(s) cannot operate between ½ hour after sunset until ½
hour before sunrise.
The Regional Safety Coordinator for Oxford and Franklin Counties is Perry
Edwards, South Paris. Questions and concerns can be directed to him at
743-6290. Copies of the Maine Boating Regulation are available at the town
offices as well as online at www.maine.gov/ifw.
The Community Lakes Association serves the ponds/lakes of Greenwood,
Woodstock, and Bethel. For more information or to join, please log on to
It's that time of year -- time to pay dues ($15) for Community Lakes Association membership. Make checks payable to Community Lakes Association, 36 Knoll Road, Greenwood, ME 04255. If you would like to make a donation to the milfoil fund, it can be included with dues check..