Be Wake Aware
Many cottagers are adding more powerful and larger boats to their flotillas on top of the usual kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. We encourage you to use all your toys and have fun! But, at the same time, ensure that you minimize damage to shoreline structures (docks and boathouses), the lake, the shoreline, wildlife and their habitats. Bow Down in either Displacement Speed or Planing Speed for the least impact.
Did you know ...
The speed limit on Muskoka Lakes is 9 km/hr within 30 meters (100 ft) of the shoreline?
Here are some tips and things to consider while out on the lake.
This is the slowest speed for most motorboats and creates the least wake. The boat operates with the bow down in the water
As you increase power while attempting to get on plane or decrease speed coming off plane, the bow rises causing the stern to plow through the water. This creates the largest wake.
At planing speed the bow drops back down and only a little of the hull contacts the water. This speed creates less wake than transition speed, but more than displacement speed.
All Power Boats
The red areas on the map show where you should be Wake Aware and minimize wakes to protect the shoreline. Have fun in the blue areas! Always keep a minimum of 50 meters from the shore.
Boats used for wakeboarding and wave surfing are especially harmful to the shoreline as well as wildlife habitat including the bottom of shallow areas. We recommend the following:
The green area is great for wave surfing and wakeboarding using ballast-filled boats. Try to stay clear of the red areas.
(Jet Skis, Sea-Doos, WaveRunners)
Great fun ... but can be very annoying to the neighbours! Please be cognizant that spinning circles and doing jumps can be irritating to those on the shore trying to enjoy the peace and tranquility of cottage life. Again, playing out in the main lake, away from others, will be appreciated by your fellow cottagers. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly request!
Boating and Invasive Species
Beaman's Bay - Public Dock/Access Ramp and Skeleton Lake Marina
Please note Beaman's Bay is narrow, combined with a great deal of through boat traffic as well as recreational water activities poses a significant safety concern. Boaters are cautioned to maintain speeds below 9 km/hr and be vigilance for swimmers, paddle boarders and other craft! More Detail