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SHARING OUR LAKES

A COURTESTY CODE FOR ALL FRIENDS OF BAYFIELD COUNTY LAKES

IT’S UP TO YOU TO KEEP IT BLUE!

Give a hoot! Litter destroys nature’s beauty. If you can carry it in, you can carry it out.

No Dumping!  Never dump fish remains or leftover bait in any lake or stream.

Stop the Invasion!  Clean your boat, motor, trailer, anchor, and live well.  Stop the spread of non-native species by checking and cleaning your gear between excursions.

Hold your Fire…and your Fireworks!  Never shoot fireworks or guns over the lake. Never burn on the ice or near the lake.

Pitch in!  Join a lake organization.  It’s your chance to be an advocate for your lake!

Practice CPR on fish:  Catch, Photograph and Release. The fish you release today may be your trophy tomorrow!

SILENCE IS GOLDEN & NIGHT SKIES ARE FOR STARS!!

Turn UP the quiet!  Reduce your noise contribution whenever possible…especially between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. Remember:  Sound carries very easily over water.
Turn DOWN the lights!  Shield all lights that can be seen from the lake & turn them off when not in use.

GIVE THE LAKE A BRAKE!

Throttle back.  Slow down for safety and to protect shorelines, shorebirds, native plants, and bottom sediments.

Watch the clock.  Whenever possible, active water sports, such as water skiing and jet skiing should be practiced during mid-day hours.   Know your local lake regulations.  Obey Slow-No-Wake Laws.

Row where you go. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats are lake-friendly.  Grab your paddle:  It’s good for you and it’s good for the lake!

GIVE ‘EM SOME SPACE!

Stay back!  Stay far away from swimmers, divers, anglers, other watercraft, rafts and docks.

Keep your distance! Loons and other animals may abandon young if stressed.  Maintain ample space between you and wildlife. Harassing loons & other wildlife is a punishable offense!

COMMON SENSE

Obey the law!  Laws are written to benefit all.  Follow them for safety, security and to protect our lakes. (See pages 1 to 3 for the new laws.)

Play safe!  Make sure your equipment is safe and legal. Youngsters should wear approved lifejackets whenever on, in or near the lake!

Don’t Drink & Drive:  Most lake-related boating accidents involve alcohol.

Enjoy but don’t destroy:  Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but small tracks & gentle ripples.

Save waterfowl & eagles! Use non-toxic jigs & sinkers, available at most tackle shops.