Boating Rules & Regs

Meaning of Lake Marker Symbols

  • Hazard Area, Shallow Area, Rocks = White marker with orange identifications.
  • Headway Speed Only = White marker with orange identifications. Headway speed is defined as the minimum speed required to maintain navigation – NO WAKE.
  • Black & White Vertical Stripe = Boats should not pass between marker and nearest shore/land.

Maine Boating Rules and Regulations

Motor Boats

  • Headway speed only (minimum speed required for navigation – NO WAKE) within 200 feet (2/3 of a football field) from shore, rafts, other boats or swimmers.
  • Must be 12 years or older to operate a boat with more than 10 hp, unless supervised by someone at least 16 years of age.
  • Imprudent operation, including prolonged circling, racing and wake jumping is prohibited.

Personal Watercraft
(Jet Ski or similar type)

  • Must be 16 years or older to operate.
  • Headway speed only (minimum speed required for navigation – NO WAKE) within 200 feet (2/3 of a football field) from shore and from specially marked buoy areas.
  • No operation between sunset and sunrise.
  • Imprudent operation, including prolonged circling, racing and wake jumping is prohibited.

Lake environments are very fragile. For their protection and yours, please keep in mind these basic rules:

  • Before launching your boat, please make sure that it has been washed clean of any possible plant material that could endanger the lake.
  • Be careful of spills when refueling or mixing gas.
  • Keep a container aboard your watercraft for trash and take it with you when you leave.
  • Always use headway speed only in channels or as otherwise indicated by markers.
  • Use the toilet facilities provided at the public boat launch ramp or the public beach at the foot of the lake.
  • Be aware of water skiers and tubers who may cross your path when boating.
  • Remember to turn on your anchor and navigating lights at dusk.
  • Please respect the rights and privacy of waterfront property owners by not abusing their property.
  • Keep a safe distance (100 feet) away from wildlife such as loons and their chicks to prevent injury.

News & Events 9/2/2018

Mousam Public Launch Closing

ATTENTION:   The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning to reconstruct the public boat launch on Mousam Lake this fall.  They will need to close the facility from approximately September 17th to October 5th to complete the project.  Please plan accordingly as it relates to taking your watercraft out of Mousam.  We are unaware of any intentional draw down of the lake level to perform this repair however we will let you know if this is to take place prior to the start date.

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