Keeping Elkhart Lake safe for all who use it is one of the main goals of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association. To this end, ELIA is working with the local police department to spend up to 400 hours patrolling the lake this year. These enforcement officials are there to help preserve a safe environment and to be there when help is needed!
Take a minute and review the rules. If you have friends coming to the area, be sure they know the rules. If you rent to people who use the lake, make sure a copy of the rules are posted where they can be seen. There may be a few rules you don’t always exactly remember. For example: No person operating a motorboat that is towing persons engaged in water skiing, aquaplaning or similar activity may operate the motorboat within 100 feet of any occupied anchored boat, or any personal watercraft or any marked swimming area or public boat landing. Also, the “No Wake” rule is in effect all year from 7:30 PM to 10 AM. And not many of us realize that the traffic level on the lake, as well as the size of the boats involved, has been steadily increasing on Elkhart Lake. Larger boats, drawing deeper in the water, create more potential for wave action causing shoreline erosion.
We have a great lake! We want to be sure we keep it that way – clean and safe.
Boating Rules and Information
- Please reference the Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities for knowledge of Wisconsin’s boating laws, safety tips and recommended practices.
- See the Elkhart Lake Boating Rules pamphlet for a handy summary of the Wisconsin Boating Laws.
Another important safety program of ELIA is managing and installing the buoys around the lake. See the map for buoy locations. ELIA works with the Elkhart Lake Police Department and the Town of Rhine to handle the costs of the program. In 2017, ELIA helped update all the chain link connection on the buoy mooring. We hope these will keep in place for another 10 years!
Interested in sailing?! The Elkhart Lake Sailing Club has been in existence since 1965. They sail at noon every Sunday from the second Sunday of the year (June 10, 2018) through August 19, with a bust up party on August 26. Click here for Sailing Club Information and here for the Registration Form. For further information, contact Brenda Schad at 920-698-6711.