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Boat Safety Regulations
 

The Putnam Sheriff and Carmel Police patrolling Lake Mahopac will be checking for the required Boating Safety Course certificate.  All operators of personal water crafts must have their certificate with them when operating on the lake. All motor boat operators 27 year of age and under must have boating safety certificate with them.
 
Who needs a boating safety certificate?
Motorboats Under a new state law, known as Brianna's Law, all motor boat operators:
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1993 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2020.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2022.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1983 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2023.
  • Born on or after Jan. 1, 1978 will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2024.
  • All motor boat operators regardless of age will need a boating safety certificate beginning in 2025.
Personal Watercraft
Mandatory for anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (JetSki, Wave Runner, etc.) must have a boating safety certificate, and be at least 14 years of age or older.
 
We strongly encourage all who boat and jet ski on Lake Mahopac to operate their craft safely. “Reckless operation” of a boat or PWC is a serious crime punishable under New York State law. More importantly, violating this law puts the lives of swimmers, children and everyone at risk.
 
Lake Mahopac Boating rules

Please report any violations in the above areas to:
  • Dept. of Environmental Protection    (914)245-6694
  • Town of Carmel Police Dept.  (845)628-1300
  • Putnam County Sheriff’s department (845)225-4300
 
Please visit the following sites for information on boating and personal watercraft safety and laws: