Based on feedback from our members Water Patrol is focusing their attention on enforcing watercraft operating inside of 100’ from the shoreline. The purpose of this action is to address the following:
- Keep swimmers safe when swimming around their docks
- Reduce excessive wakes that could potentially damage docks
- Swimmers should stay within 50’ of the shoreline. This would mean that swimmers, swim pads, and other floatation devices should not be more than 15’ from the end of the dock.
- In addition, it is against our rules and regulations to leave any floatation devices in the lake overnight. Water Patrol will be checking the areas around docks to ensure the areas around docks are free of floatation devices after sunset. Citations and/or Fines will be issued for violations.
- You can swim from your watercraft only in non-wake areas (i.e. coves) of the lake. If you have people from your boat swimming in wake areas you will be subject to citations and/or fines.
- When operating a watercraft or towing someone behind your watercraft you should always allow 100’ between you, the person being towed, and another watercraft or object.
- You must also operate your watercraft around the lake in a counter-clockwise path
- There is no specific rule against doing doughnuts (i.e. tight circles) but turn in a counter-clockwise fashion. However, doing doughnuts in an area where there are other watercraft creates a potentially dangerous situation. This may result in you receiving a citation and/or fine.
- Boat Stickers and Lot #s – It is almost July and we still have people that have either not-purchased or have not placed their watercraft sticker and/or lot #s on their watercraft. Water Patrol is watching out for missing stickers and lot #s so don’t be upset if you receive a citation and/or fine.
- Under Age Operators of Watercraft – It is very hard to tell how old someone is who is operating a watercraft (i.e. PWC/Jetski) so Water Patrol is pulling people over and asking them to prove they are 14 or older. The best way to handle this situation is to have your Boaters License and/or Drivers License with you on the lake so you have proof of age.
- We appreciate our Members helping us with enforcing our Rules & Regulations. If you see a violation please email the ILPOA Office at indianlake@ilpoa with the following information:
- Description of the Violation
- Picture or Video as Proof
From ILPOA Rules & Regulations which can be viewed on www.ilpoa.org.
SECTION 5. SWIMMING.
B. PRIVATE SWIMMING AREAS
1. No Member shall designate a “private swimming area” by means of buoys or other floating devices.
2. Members shall not leave non-motorized floating apparatus such as inner tubes, trampolines, slides or other recreational floating device in the lake overnight.
C. OTHER AREAS INCLUDING PRIVATE DOCKS AND COVES
1. All swimmers must stay within fifty (50) feet of the shoreline.
2. Swimming off of an “anchored boat” is permitted in any cove inside the “No Wake” buoys. Where practical in a cove, swimming should be between the “anchored boat” and the shore for safety reasons.
SECTION 4. SKI, TUBE AND WAKEBOARD SAFETY.
D. Travel counter-clockwise at all times, except when picking up a fallen person.
E. Never tow closer than one hundred (100) feet to any non-motorized boat, object or