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Safety on the Lake - Hot Topics

Jul 9, 2020

Safety on the Lake – Hot Topics

Property Owners - Safety on the lake is a priority. If you should see any boat causing unsafe conditions on the lake: DO NOT WAIT; call security immediately at 601-798-1247. Please remember if you live on the main lake, you will experience some wake which is part of main lake living. It is imperative that your boat be tied down accordingly and all furniture must be secured.

THREE LAKE VIOLATIONS IN ONE BOAT DECAL SEASON WILL RESULT IN THE REVOKING OF ALL BOAT DECALS FOR THE PROPERTY OWNER. AN EXPIRED DECAL IS CONSIDERED A VIOLATION.

•   Speed and wake control is the responsibility of the vessel operator to ensure the “Main Lake Wake” being produced will cause no discomfort, hazard, or injury to any surrounding vessel or person in the lake. The operator must immediately suspend vessel operation if causing unsafe conditions. Creating wake by doing circles is not allowed.
•   All boat traffic must travel in a COUNTER-CLOCKWISE DIRECTION on the open “Main Lake” and 100’ from shore.
•   There shall be at least two persons in any boat which is towing a water skier, ski board, knee board, tube, or other flotation device/vehicle: one to operate the boat and the other to face and observe the progress and safety of the person being towed.
•   A tow boat must not enter into the “No Wake” area with a skier; however, the skier may swing into the 100 foot area to drop skis. All watercraft and skiers must stay 75’ from any other watercraft or person.
•   Boat anchored in the open lake must be no further than 100’ from shore and any swimmer from that boat must stay within 100’ from shore. Boats anchored near the dam must be behind the buoys. BOATS MAY NOT ANCHOR TO THE BUOYS. The area behind the buoys is a “No Wake” zone. A wake is defined as the swell, moving waves, produced by a vessel passing through water.
•   Speed Limit: 40 mph on open lake during daylight hours and “No Wake” speed at night, during periods of low visibility, or when the light is flashing on the roof of the Lodge. At night idle speed and “No Wake” must be observed. Please be aware that it is mandatory for lights to be lit on the boat at night. The location of the lights are as follows: green to starboard bow (front right side) and red to port bow (front left side) and all around white light on the stern (back) is operating at night.
•   Do not operate any watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
•   All watercraft shall operate at idle speed in marked “No Wake” areas including marinas, bays, coves, and within 100’ adjacent to the shoreline in the open lake.

Property owners assume full responsibility and liability for any and all property damages or injury resulting from the operation of their vessel, regardless if the property owner is present.

To see the complete Hide-A-Way Lake Boating Rules, click the following link (https://www.hawlms.com/articles/article/4021597/193762.htm) or visit HAWL’s website and click on the Informational Links tab.

Hide-A-Way Lake Club, Inc.  *  601-798-1484  *  Fax 601-798-0604
P.O. Box 1011  *  Picayune, MS  39466