Boating has long been an integral part of life on the Lake. Most of the land surrounding Placid Lake has no road access, and many properties can be reached only by water. Boats, therefore, are not only indispensable, they are the best way to experience the beauty of the Lake. The fiberglass runabouts, competition ski boats, and other watercraft of today bear little resemblance to the Adirondack guideboats, canoes and St. Lawrence skiffs of the 19th century. However, the same basic rules for the enjoyment and safety of all have remained the same:
- Boaters are responsible for the wake coming from their boat and the resulting damage it may cause. The best way to know if you are moving at a ‘no wake’ speed is to look behind your boat.
- Be courteous and slow down for non-powered boats and smaller boats.
- Be sure that your boat has the required lighting if you are on the Lake between sunset and sunrise. Unlit boats at night have been the cause of tragic, preventable accidents.
Given the variety of craft – from kayaks to sailboats to powerboats, and activities – from water skiing to fishing, nothing is more important than safety. The SOA undertakes efforts to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all. The SOA promotes boater safety education and supports legislation to ensure the safe operation of watercraft through license requirements, speed regulations, and