Summer at the Lake

September 17, 2015 by

Summertime is meant to be spent on the water, and whether your version of that means tying up to the party barge, or finding a relaxing out of the way fishing hole, we’ve got you covered at Mr. Meaner. It’s worth noting that none of us have ever been on a party barge, but people look like they are having fun. So there’s that.

If partying is your thing though, Lake Havasu in Arizona is going to be near the top of your list. A substantial reservoir situated behind Parker Dam on the Colorado river, it boasts incredibly clear water, with visibility up to 25 feet. Combine this with a nearly waveless surface and fantastic weather, and you’ve got a recipe for the mother of all parties.

Even though many of the visitors tie up into a party barge, there are some who still love the feeling of speeding around the lake—maybe waterskiing or tubing or the like. If this is your thing, just be make sure you are aware of Arizona state regulations for operating a watercraft. Here are a few highlights:

  • No towing between sunset and sunrise
  • Boaters towing people/persons must have at least two occupants in the boat at all times
  • Motorized watercraft must yield to non-motorized watercraft

There’s obviously quite a few more boating regulations; take a look here for a comprehensive list. Obviously, also don’t drink and pilot a boat. That’s just stupid.

Now, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key (or more family friendly), it’s tough to beat the classic Lake Michigan. The only one of the Great Lakes to be contained entirely within the borders of the U.S. (The others are shared with Canada). You can engage in all your favorite water activities, just more spread out. Plus there are some great dunes you can explore on the western coast of Michigan.

Obviously with a lake as large as Lake Michigan, there are some special regulations involved. The first, and most overlooked, is to just pay attention to which waters you are in. It’s bordered by the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and boating regulations differ from state to state.

There are also several areas on the lake that are deemed ‘no boating zones’. The majority of these are designated to protect the highly trafficked swimming beaches along the coast. So just take your boat somewhere else. It’s also important to note that even in legal boating areas, a boat cannot be run above idle speed (5 mph) within 200 feet of the shoreline. Most of these areas are marked with buoys, but just keep an eye out for land in case you happen to run upon an area that isn’t.

We hope you all have fun taking a refreshing dip for the last couple of weeks in the summertime. You’ve earned those vacations, so be sure to live it up!

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