It was just two short years ago that the Lake Hopatcong - Code of Conduct was created to stop multiple disagreements, and possible legal action that was undesirable to all parties.
See the article “Lake Hopatcong Dodges Tough Legislation – Based upon Gentleman’s Agreement Code of Conduct”. The following is reminder of the proposed agreement that took place in 2017.
It’s important that all boaters remember this Code of Conduct during the 2019 Boating Season.
Whether you are a homeowner, Boater, Angler. Sailor, Swimmer, Kayaker, or any user of Lake Hopatcong. We all need to share the water.
By working together to maintain a safe and healthy lake where each user respects the rights of others, we can avoid the need for more regulations and can equally enjoy Lake Hopatcong. A little consideration for your fellow lake user can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts. which affect all of us who love Lake Hopatcong.
All individuals using the lake should:
- Take all precautionary measures necessary to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning Boats, Trailers, Fshing gear and other equipment when they have recently been in other bodies of water.
- Never throw trash in the lake. It hurts both Humans and fish, littering the lake we love.
- Practice proper fueling techniques and use pump-out facilities if applicable for your boat.
- Remember the impact your boat wake has for people fishing. Kayaking. Enjoying time on a moored boat, and even those on shore.
- Respect private property and do not trespass on private land. However, if your boat is in distress, drift or paddle to a dock and call for help.
- Lend a hand. Always assist anyone in distress on the lake.
- Navigate your boat to pass behind unpowered vessels like Sailboats, Rowboats, and Kyaks.
- Always treat other anglers, boaters and recreational users with courtesy and respect.
- When anchoring your boat on the lake be careful to choose a location that does not impede navigation.
Those heading to Byram Cove should:
- Gradually slow down as you enter the cove and search for a place to anchor.
- Respect your neighbors - both on the water and on land. Sound carries much farther on the water, and you can be heard clearly from a good distance away. Remember the boat next to you may not enjoy your music as much as you do.
- Unless you are rafting (tying boats together) select your anchorage carefully—giving yourselves and neighboring boats ample room. Remember winds change, Anchor lines tangle, and boats can easily bang into each other. If you are rafting, you should do so in a manner that allows other boats to navigate.
- Rafts, tubes and other floating objects should be tethered (tied) with a rope not exceeding twenty feet.
- All boats anchoring for recreational (non-fishing) purposes should. at all times, maintain at least seventy-five feet of open water between your boat and the closest dock. Any objects tethered to your boat should be kept clear of this open area of water.
Enjoy Lake Hopatcong, the Jewel of the Mountains!
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