Safety In and On the Water

We encourage you to get out on the water, be safe and follow the rules and regulations. Check weather conditions and forecasts before boating or swimming and watch weather while you are on or in the water. Conditions can change and storms can occur quickly.

  • Boating: There’s something very special about getting out on the lake, where by sail, paddle or pontoon—or swimming. For your enjoyment and well-being, please know the rules and safety measures. Use lights if boating after dark.
  • Swimming: Be aware of your surroundings and weather conditions. If long-distance swimming, tow a buoy so others can see you.

Life preservers: Know and follow NYS regulations on wearing life jackets when boating. Use Coast Guard- (USCG)-approved life jackets. Noodles or air-filled or foam devices are not substitutes. Among provisions, NYS law requires all boats, including paddle boats and rowboats to have one personal floatation device (PFD) for each person on board, of proper sizes. Children under age 12 must wear a PFD for boats under 65 feet. Everyone in boats under 21 feet must wear the PFD November 1-May 1. Boats 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) are required to have a USCG-approved type IV throwable flotation aid. Read more about state PFD requirements.

We encourage you to get out on the water, be safe and follow the rules and regulations