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Boating on Lake Iroquois

The waters of Lake Iroquois, as is the case for nearly all the waters in the state of Vermont, are public. The rules and regulations for activities in and on the public waters of the state are set by state government. Before coming to any lake in the state it is important to be familiar with the laws and regulations governing that particular lake as not all activities are allowed on all lakes.

Most Vermont lakes have a public fishing and boat access. Many are also staffed by greeters who will inspect and clean boats and trailers to insure that no invasives are carried into or out of the lake. The LIA operates a greeter program at the public access on Lake Iroquois throughout the summer season.

Vermont law requires all motorized boat and PWC operators born after January 1, 1974, to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card. The Vermont State Police administer the boating safety and certification course. For visiting boaters from out of state, Vermont will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements.

Some things to remember when boating on Lake Iroquois

  • Personal watercraft, such as jet skis or any other Class A vessel that uses an inboard engine powering a water jet pump, are specifically prohibited on Lake Iroquois.
  • Speed limits: boats may not travel at speeds greater than 5 mph within 200 feet of shore, a person in the water, other vessels, docks, or a divers-down flag. The LIA places 200 foot buoys around the lake to aid in judging the distance.
  • Loon nesting sites: Between May 1 and July 31 all persons and vessels are prohibited from approaching within 300 feet of any loon nesting site. The loon nesting site on Lake Iroquois is clearly marked with signs and buoys
  • Skiers and wakeboarders must wear approved flotation devices and there must be an observer in the boat who is 12 years or older in addition to the driver.