Useful Tips for Spring Boaters

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 12, 2008 | Go to article overview

Useful Tips for Spring Boaters


With the 2008 boating season set to get going at the end of May, there is a list of things you should know before putting your boat in the water on the Chain O' Lakes.

They include:

-You need a boat sticker:

All boats on the Chain O' Lakes and Fox River are required to have a boat sticker from the Fox Waterway Agency.

The agency is located at 45 S. Pistakee Lake Road in Fox Lake, but there are a large number of satellite locations available where a sticker can be purchased. People can also purchase stickers on the Internet at www.foxwaterway.org.

- How much will this cost:

Cost of the waterway stickers vary on the size and the power of your vessel.

For example, a sticker for a non-motorboat less than 17 feet is $10, while a sticker for a Class C motorboat over 15 horsepower is $100. Please know all there is to know about your boat before purchasing your sticker online.

- Know the conditions:

With rain and snow melts comes high-water conditions and fast- moving currents. Some areas on the Chain and Fox River are faster than others. Be sure to know the current conditions of the water before setting out for the day.

- Know the rules:

Are you required to wear a personal floatation device or just have them on your boat? Are you supposed to carry a whistle? …

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