Star Lake Map with Suggested "Local Customs of the Lake"
Star Lake provides a diversity of recreational
opportunities which can sometimes cause conflict among users of the lake.
At recent meetings of the SLPA, members have discussed recently-observed rude,
unsafe behavior of operators of jet skis and (too) large boats on the lake.
Some jet ski and boat operators were not obeying the law or observing
historical lake conventions. Jet skis were seen taking runs at loons
and other water fowl on the lake, which is totally unacceptable. Also,
5-mph zones were being ignored by many, causing excessive shoreline erosion
and jeopardizing the safety of swimmers and others on the shore.
While many options were discussed by members, the general
consensus was that infractions were mostly caused by renters and visitors to
the lake who may not be aware of the laws of New York and rules of the lake.
Communication and education are key approaches. Identifying and
speaking with the offending operator, landlord, and/or landowner is
potentially the best approach to this problem. We decided that we
would ask for cooperation in our next spring mailing, which goes out to all
lake property owners, regardless of membership status. A pamphlet
describing NY boater safety laws will be made available for anyone
If you come
to our lake, please observe these basic rules.
Below is a map of Star Lake with 5-mph zones, rock/sand bars and heavy
swimming areas identified. Also marked are areas where, for safety
reasons, the direction of traffic is important. The general rule of
the lake is counter-clockwise traffic with slower crafts keeping right,
closer to shore and faster crafts keeping to deeper water, away from
shorelines. Please observe these basic rules and respect the
rights of all to the enjoyment of the lake. Cooperation is far more
desirable than police enforcement!
It's the Law in New York...
- Maximum speed is 5-mph when closer than 100 feet
from shore. By way of reference, 5-mph is approximately
walking speed and 100 feet is about twice the length of a tractor-trailer
truck or a third of a football field.
- Jet ski operators of all age must have a NYS
operator license and a Boaters' Safety Course Certificate.
- All boats with motors of any size must be
- For a copy of NYS Boaters Guide, click
here. It's in pdf
format, so you can save a copy or print it.
Behavior that's Frowned Upon...
- Chasing ducks and loons with motor boats and jet
- "Bow up" big boat operation that causes huge
wakes that erode shorelines, particularly within 100 feet of shore.
Keep the bow down and watch your wake when boating slowly.
- Water skiing, knee boarding, tubing or fast
"joy-riding" around the islands, through narrow bay openings and
through the "cut". Such actions are irresponsible
and unsafe, jeopardizing others' enjoyment of the lake and causing
unnecessary erosion of shoreline property.
- Incessant noise ranging from barking dogs to loud
partying to inappropriate, rude language. Remember, sound
carries really well on the lake, particularly down-wind.
- Not cleaning boats, trailers, and gear before launching to
remove non-native plant and animal species like milfoil, non-native
baits, zebra mussels, and the like. Please help us to protect
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