The new restrictions proposed for Lake Hopatcong that would limit fisherman and Byram Cove boating parties have been delayed for now.
In December several new regulations were proposed for Lake Hopatcong:
- Boats could not anchor within 200 feet of the shoreline
- Tethering raft/tube more than 20 feet from an anchored Boat
- Tying together more than ten boats together
These new proposed changes stem from Home Owners in the Byram Cove area, who have been fighting the massive party that occurs in their area as they feel this restricts their access to the lake.
While restrictions may be in order, due to the number of complaints from local Businesses and other organizations like the Knee Deep Club that supports fisherman on the lake that voiced the proposed rules would inhibit the fishing and boating rights and would have a negative effect on the lake and our communities.
The Boat Regulation Commission on January 11, 2017 tabled the three proposals, asking that the local groups need to please work-out this issue on their own.
Tabled doesn’t mean dismissed:
While these issues were tabled in the short-term, it doesn’t mean that they won't reappear in the future, therefore if you feel strongly about these issues, please contact the following with your option before the deadline of February 3, 2017.
Edward Harrison, Jr., Acting Chair, Boat Regulation Commission
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