County Refines Draft Boating Regulations

081516 draft boating regsMason County has refined the draft boating regulations the County Commissioners will have before them on August 23rd. The County has been working to update the regulations for several months to bring them in line with the State’s regulations while updating a County Code that hasn’t changed since 1988.
The Commissioners have held two public hearings on previous draft regulations and both times boaters video iconcame out to voice opposition. One of their concerns related to increasing the distance from shore to operate at higher speeds from 150 feet to 200 feet. Other concerns were proposed speed limit near swimmer and restrictions specific for wake surfing boats.

During a briefing Monday, the Commissioners decided to keep the distance from shore at 150 feet on all lakes. There was a proposal to make the distance 200 feet on Mason Lake and Lake Cushman but that language was eliminated to simplify enforcement. The Commission also eliminated the language specific for wake surfing.

The last hearing was continued until August 23rd and the Commissioners are expected to take action on these revised boating regulations during that 6 PM meeting. Testimony was closed after the July 26th hearing but written comments are being accepted.


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