Rules & Regulations
All vessels operating on the great pond known as Cedar Lake shall comply with the following Cedar Lake Rules and regulations, Massachusetts General Laws C.90B, and The Division of Law Enforcement Regulations 323 cmr 1.00-5.00. Officers of the Sturbridge Police Dept. and the Massachusetts  Environmental Police shall enforce all general laws and regulations as those laws apply to M.G.L. 90B. 

I. Operation
• No person shall operate a boat or craft within 150 ft. of a public swimming area. 
• No person shall operate a craft faster than headway speed between 150 and 300 feet of public swim area. 
• No person shall operate any watercraft in the town beach cove in speeds in excess of five (5) miles per hour or headway speed. 
• No craft may operate faster than 10 miles per hour between the hours of sunset and sunrise. 
• No craft may operate within 150 ft. from end of other coves i.e.: Turnpike cove and Rt. 20 cove, unless at headway speed. 
• No person shall operate any craft in excess of 45 miles per hour. 
• Power watercraft must be equipped with sufficient muffler or under water exhaust and such muffler or underwater exhaust must be in use at all times. 
• No person shall operate any watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. 
• Non-motorized craft have right of way at all times on Cedar Lake. 
• All motorized craft shall keep a distance of 150 feet from shore and other craft unless at headway speed. 
• All craft, motorized and non-motorized must display running lights, red and green fore, white aft, visible 360 degrees on the horizon, from sunset to sunrise. 
• Head on approach, each boat must bear right.  When approaching at right angle, the craft on the right has the right of way. 
• The flow of traffic is counter clockwise on Cedar Lake. 
• The slalom ski course is the property of the Ski Club and permission must be obtained to use or travel through course. 

II. Water-Skiing & Recreational Towing
• Recreational towing is pulling anything such as a tube, kneeboard, wake board, inflatable toy, parasail, etc. 
• No boat shall pull a water skier or recreational tow unless accompanied by a person no younger than twelve in a position to observe the person being towed. 
• There shall be no water-skiing or recreational towing between the hours of sunset and sunrise or when visibility is too poor to be deemed safe.  
• All persons water-skiing or on a recreational tow item must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) type I, II or III or wetsuit with approved floatation. 

III. Swimming
• No person shall swim or float more than 50 ft. from shore unless in marked swim area or accompanied by boat. 

IV. Jet Skis - Who May Operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) &  Regulations
• No person under the age of sixteen (16) may operate a personal watercraft.  Sixteen or seventeen years of age must obtain safety certificate given by U.S.C.G. or Division of Law Enforcement.  Persons 18 years of age or older may operate a PWC on Massachusetts' waters without restrictions. 
• No person shall operate in a negligent manner. The following are examples of negligent operations: Unreasonably jumping or attempting to jump the wake of another vessel; Following within 150 feet of a water skiers; Weaving through congested vessel traffic; Speeding in restricted areas; Crossing unreasonable close to another vessel; Operating a PWC in such a manner as to endanger life or limb or property of another person; Towing a water skier or any person in any manner from a PWC; Operating a PWC between the hours of sunset and sunrise. 
• Proximity - No person shall operate a PWC: Within 150 ft. of shore or moored vessel except at headway speed; Within 150 ft. of a public bathing area; Between 150 and 300 ft. of public bathing area except at headway speed;  Within 150 ft. of a swimmer in the water. 
• Any person aboard a PWC must wear a U.S.C.G. approved PFD type I, II, III. 

V. Who May Operate a Motorboat
The restrictions below apply to boats propelled by any type of motor, whether or not the motor is the principal source of propulsion.
• Persons under 12 years of age may operate a motorboat of Massachusetts' water only if accompanied on board and directly supervised by a competent person 18 years of age or older. 
• Person 12-15 years of age may operate a motorboat on Massachusetts waters only if they have passed an approved boating safety course or are accompanied on board and directly supervised by a competent person 18 years of age or older. 
• Persons 16 years of age or older may operate a motorboat on Massachusetts's waters without restrictions. 

Disposal of Hazardous Materials
When accidents happen, hopefully we are prepared. Gas and oil are not good in our lake, and we have a plan in effect to assist you and others using the lake should an accidental spill occur.
• Don’t panic 
• Do not stir-up the water where the spill has occurred. 
• If you feel you can’t handle it yourself, or its spreading quickly, call 911 for the Fire Dept. response. 
• We have a complete spill kit geared for our lake at the Host Hotel Boat House next to their dock. It contains 10 bags of Speedi-Dry for land based spills, pads and containment booms for the lake to absorb and pick up the oil in the water. These belong to the Cedar Lake Association and are free to those using our lake. 
• If the need should arise to use any of these materials, please contact The Cedar Lake Association, so we can replace them in our stock. 

Spill Kit Locations
• We have a complete spill kit geared for our lake at the Host Hotel Boat House next to their dock. It contains 10 bags of Speedi-Dry for land based spills, pads and containment booms for the lake to absorb and pick up the oil in the water. These belong to the Cedar Lake Association and are free to those using our lake. 

Lake Rotation
Facing North - traffic moves in a counter-clock-wise rotation.




Massachusetts Boating Laws: http://boat-ed.com/ma/handbook



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