Upper Saranac Lake Association

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Navigation Rules

  • Navigation Rules
  • It’s the law!
  • I am your water supply.
  • What you should also know!
  • Protecting the Loons
  • Diver Flag
  • Overtaking: Boat being passed has right of way.
  • Meeting Head-On: Keep to right.
  • Crossing: Boat on the right (starboard) has the right of way. Stop, slow or pass astern.
  • Speed limit: 5 mph within 100’ of a raft, float or anchored boat and 500’ of a swim area.
  • Which boat has the right of way?
  • (In order)
  • Hand powered boat, a”dead” boat, an anchored boat
  • Sail boat
  • Power boat
  • Local town ordinances prohibit the transportation of Invasive Species into or out of Upper Saranac Lake.
  • No boating while impaired or intoxicated through the consumption of alcohol or drugs.
  • No water skiing or PWC operation between 1/2 hour before sunset and 1/2 hour after sunrise.
  • It is unlawful for any person to moor or fasten a vessel to or willfully damage a lawfully placed aid to navigation.
  • Intentional harassment of loons is illegal under both NYS Environmental Conservation Laws and the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
  • Nov.1—Apr.30: Everyone on board must wear a life preserver.
  • Do not dump waste in the Lake.— WE DRINK THE WATER!
  • Re-route water flow to settle into the soil.
  • Shrub your shore.
  • Do not use fertilizers.
  • Maintain your septic system.
  • Keep foreign material out of me.
  • Use phosphate-free cleaning materials.
  • Only run washers when fully loaded.
  • Don’t feed the ducks.
  • Maintain your boat engine.
  • Use oil absorbent pads in the bilge.
  • Keep engine at peak efficiency.
  • Consider a new, cleaner motor.
  • Do not overload your boat – check the capacity plate.
  • Buoys may be missing or out of place.
  • There are unmarked hazards inside the buoys (5 mph please).
  • The recommended speed limit in Back Bay is 5 mph.
  • Green buoys on the left, red buoys on the right going upstream (red right return).
  • No wake zones are critical for nesting loons. A great number of loons summer on Upper Saranac. The haunting calls echoing across the lake signal the return of summer. Pairs build nests hidden in grasses right on the shoreline, incubate their eggs for a month and raise their young.
  • When disturbed, the loons signal their distress by steadily swimming away, flapping their wings, or calling in a loud wail. Harassment may cause adults to abandon a nest, leaving the eggs accessible to predators. Any disturbance is particularly harmful to young hatchlings that tire easily.
  • You can help! Keep your boat or PWC wake to a minimum near shore. Go no closer than 500 feet from known loon nests.
  • Warning-Do not approach
  • Stay away at least 300 feet
  • Be alert to Diver-Down flags. you make save a life.
  • There are several dive teams working everyday in Upper Saranac Lake. This is a program to remove an invasive aquatic species (Eurasian Water Milfoil).