Guidelines issued for lake boaters

BRIGHT COLORS for Paddlers. Place a KAYAK SAFETY FLAG (similar to a bike flag) on your vessel. Purchase a hat and PFD with contrasting day-glow colors. Use reflective tape on your paddles.

Be ready to SIGNAL using a handheld HORN. Paddlers and small sailboats can carry an electronic handheld signaling device or a horn with compressed air .

COMMUNICATE. Always let someone on shore know where you are going and when you'll be back. Keep an old, discarded cell phone on board your boat to call 911.

KNOW and FOLLOW the RULES of the ROAD. Motorized craft must give right of way to non-motorized craft, and boats being passed have the right of way. The speed limit on Lake George is 45 mph from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., 25 mph from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 5 mph in no wake zones and within 100 feet of docks, moorings, anchored vessels and shore (500 feet for PWCs).

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