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24 May 2014 - 10:30 PMThe link to the DNR's Special Local Watercraft Control rules is below.
On page 132 you'll find the reference to the no-wake rules in the flats.
On page 74 you'll find the reference to the no-wake rules in St Clair Shores.
I hope this helps. Have a safe season!
23 April 2014 - 09:40 AMThey are not in yet. The Coast Guard said that they were going to start this week and begin with the Clinton River. No sign of them yet.
17 April 2014 - 07:41 AMThis information was shared and has raised some attention.
Those interested in helping keep the area clean should check out the Clinton River Watershed Council (http://www.crwc.org/...s/weekly-clean/). They do clean ups along the river every week throughout the year. Harley Ensign will be scheduled in the near future.
They also donated a monofilamint (fish line) recycling container to be installed on the site.
When we get more information, we'll post it here.
22 January 2014 - 02:38 PM"Exactly who would be a "someone of some importance" who decides which Federal laws to enforce or not enforce?
Maybe local law enforcement should take a safe boating course. A lot of these rules have been around for years and it ain't rocket science.
Why someone would choose to not carry flares in these waters, or why an officer wouldn't know these basic requirements is beyond me and in my opinion somewhat troublesome. I would think enforcing the law would imply the simple requirement to actually know the law. "Someone of some importance" should make that happen or be required to find another job.
Someone of some importance would be, say, the prosecutor who considers all sorts of variables when deciding which violations their office will process. It also could be a Chief who considers all sorts of variables when deciding which violations their people will enforce. It is a common occurrence due to the fact that agencies are tasked with doing more with less. It is kind of like discretion. I could write you a speeding ticket for doing 1 MPH over the speed limit, but you would undoubtedly cause me more headache that it is worth, so I chose to wait till you get to say 5, 7 or 10 MPH over the speed limit before interfering in a citizen's busy day.
Anyway, I was speculating as to why this rumor is circulating. What I can tell you definitively is that there is no state law that says you must have Visual Distress Signals.
FOLLOW UP: I just called the USCG and they said that flares are not required on LSC under federal law. I guess we all had it wrong Canaller. Either way, we don't enforce federal law so it is out of our jurisdiction.
But, like Chili said, finding a burning red flare is easier than finding a small white boat, especially in the dark. So carry them!
22 January 2014 - 09:26 AMHi MCSO Marine Division,
"On this lake, unlike the inland lakes, you're required to carry flares"
I've been told by the Coast Guard & St Clair Sheriffs that flares were not necessary on lake St Clair. Due to never being out of sight of the shoreline.
I'm not trying to stir things up & I carry flares anyway but there's conflicting opinions on this one.
We've heard the same conflicting information, though not directly from any official source on the matter. There is no state law requiring flares, so that may explain why a deputy sheriff would say they are not required. If someone from the USCG told you they are not required, I would suspect that locally, someone of some importance decided that they would not strictly enforce the regulation.
Regardless, I wouldn't go out on LSC without them.