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Proposed Boating Changes for Lake Hopatcong

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Proposed changes to have a major impact on Boaters who like to tie-up at Byram Cove, and people that like to fish close to shore.

Proposed Policy:

At the request of citizens who own property along the shores of Lake Hopatcong, particularly in Byram Cove, and after consultation with State Police Marine Services Bureau, the BRC proposes new N.J.A.C. 13:82-3.11(l) to prohibit certain activities on the lake between May 15 and September 15 of each year.

These restrictions will alleviate crowding and dangerous behavior during the height of the boating season when the lake is most crowded. Specifically, the BRC proposes to prohibit vessels from anchoring closer than 200 feet from the shoreline. The BRC also proposes to prohibit the tethering of a raft or tube more than 20 feet from an anchored vessel and prohibit more than 10 vessels from anchoring together (commonly known as rafting).

The Daily Record has published an excellent article on the subject, which points out that this proposed change would also effect fishing close to the shore.

Ed Mackin, president of the Knee Deep Club, stated “This is something that could change our fishing, could shape our way of doing everything we’ve ever done,” Mackin said. “We’re not objecting to less clutter in Byram Cove, we want it to be safe for everyone, but this is going to affect other people. This could cripple a couple of dozen businesses.”

If you feel strongly in either direction on this subject you can submit written comments by February 3, 2017, to:

Edward Harrison, Jr., Acting Chair, Boat Regulation


c/o Marine Services Bureau

Division of State Police

PO Box 7068

West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068


Kate Tasch, Deputy Administrator

Legal and Legislative Affairs

Motor Vehicle Commission

225 East State Street

PO Box 160

Trenton, NJ 08666-0160


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