As some of you have probably seen, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation has been assessing a program of courtesy patrols in Byram Cove to educate people about the guidelines that were recently created by a voluntary group of lake users including homeowners, boaters, and anglers.
We display a Lake Hopatcong Foundation Courtesy Patrol banner to ensure that a navigational corridor around the cove is maintained to try to prevent any safety issues. By maintaining a navigational corridor, boats are able to enter and exit the cove safely while also providing a little space for homeowners.
Each time out we have spoken to a handful of boats that were moored close to shore and explained the importance of the corridor. We have also stopped to speak with a few individuals that had items tethered where they were putting their guests or other boaters in danger. It is a completely non-confrontational effort and to date has been very well received.
Our goal is to be able to have our courtesy patrols out every Saturday and Sunday afternoon until Labor Day. If you would like to volunteer (with or without a boat) we would love to have you join the team. All new volunteers will be teamed with a more experienced member. It is a nice way to have a fun day on the lake and help ensure that everyone is able to enjoy Lake Hopatcong.
Editors Note: This is an important initiative, since if we don’t follow the New Code of Conduct guidelines this issue may turn back into a legal matter, where new boating rules are created that hamper the fun on the lake for everyone.