Basic Boating Regulations
This is a list of some basic rules that everyone should review.
- Sticker Placement: Trailer stickers for vehicles left at the boat ramp parking must have a SHPOA sticker on the trailer as shown above. Boat stickers must be visible and placed in the middle of the boat for easily identification. Boats without stickers need to be reported to the Lake Patrol.
- Lot Numbers: All watercraft must be marked with letters not less that three (3) inches high with the number of the lot of Shawnee Hills Subdivision that is owned by the owner of the watercraft. The lot number shall be placed in the middle of the watercraft on each side thereof.
- Membership: ALL watercraft on Lake Shawnee must have an eligible SHPOA member on board, either as the operator or as a supervising passenger. No guest may operate a watercraft while alone!
- Required Safety: Each watercraft must comply with State requirements for lights, safety equipment, etc.
- Life Jackets: All children under eleven (11) years old must wear a life jacket while in or on the watercraft.
- Speed Limits: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays the speed limit on the lake will be thirty five (35) miles per hour between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- No Wake: No person shall operate a powercraft upon Lake Shawnee from sunset to 8:00 a.m. at a speed great enough to produce a wake, provided however that on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, no one shall operate a powercraft on Lake Shawnee between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. at a speed great enough to produce a wake. Whenever the blue light at the beach is flashing, "No Wake" conditions are in effect.
- Direction of Travel: All powercraft shall move in a counter clockwise direction, with the shoreline and 50 ft marker buoys on the right side at all times. Boats powered by electric trolling motors or human power, while in the shore zone, may proceed in the direction consistent with wind conditions and safety.
- 50 ft. Shore Zone No Wake: No person shall operate a powercraft within or through the shore zone (50-ft.) at a speed great enough to produce a wake.
On any lake with lots of different people engaged in lots of different activities, it is necessary to have a set of rules and regulations in place to avoid dangerous situations, and to provide maximum safe enjoyment for everyone.
At Lake Shawnee our bylaws are enforced primarily by our Lake Patrol. Each watercraft must display a current sticker to show it belongs to a current member of SHPOA, and the owner?s lot number must also be prominently displayed. This allows the Lake Patrol to readily identify watercraft that are involved in problems. As an additional protection, any SHPOA member may report any dangerous or illegal activity to the Lake Patrol or SHPOA board, by including the time, date, and the lot number of the watercraft in question. Then the Lake Patrol can look into the matter at a later date.
Our Lake Patrol personnel are trained to keep a low profile, and not bother people who are safely enjoying their lake. On the other hand, dangerous situations must be prevented or eliminated immediately, and this difficult thankless job is well handled by our Lake Patrol. If you see them on the lake, give them a smile and a wave of thanks. They are the reason our lake is safe and enjoyable for everyone to use.
For additional lake operations and patrol information not listed here please contact Trusteee Matt Simpson at the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (937) 675-9054.