No Wake Zone

 

You are responsible for your wake and any damage it causes! It could dump someone out of their boat; damage a boat at a dock on the shoreline or harm the environment by eroding the shoreline and much more.

A Wake is the waves generated in the water by a moving boat. Depending on the size of your boat, the wake you throw can be cavernous and, when it hits the shore, can have the effect of a series of small tidal waves.

 Wake zones are posted for two reasons:

  • First, constant wakes can erode a shoreline and cause damage to any boats and docks along that shoreline.

  • Secondly, big wakes can not only be very uncomfortable but very dangerous for oncoming boat traffic--especially if they are smaller than you.

The key is to SLOW DOWN all the way.

Many boaters figure that if they slow down slightly from their planing speed that they are doing the right thing. But, are they? In reality, when you drop just off of plane, you’re drawing a much larger wake than when you were on top. The typical rpm’s on plane is anywhere from 2800 to 4000 rpm where the boat is riding on top of the water. The typical rpm’s that people mistakenly slow down to, is what I call bulldozer speed where you are drawing a huge tidal wave. This rpm varies between 1800 and 2500. For a "no wake" zone, you should be running between 700 and 1500 rpm where the boat is in displacement mode, totally in the water and where the wake is no more than 6" high.

 

Two flags will be posted on the lake when it is determined that No Wake will be enforced.  One at the dock, and one by the beach.  

 

"No Wake Zone" will also be posted on this website when in effect.