Watch Your Wake
Watch your Wake | Slow Down | Enjoy the View
Well-intentioned boaters may not be aware of the damage their wake can make. These photos, some before higher water levels and then after water levels rose, show the effect of wake on buildings and shoreline.
Canoeists, fishermen, paddle boarders and swimmers are in the lake on a daily basis during the summer. Boats swerving at high speed close to shore endanger all of them. Wake hitting shoreline causes erosion. It can flood and destroy waterfowl nests and drown their nestlings. Boat wake and prop wash can disturb sediment, releasing dormant nutrients which promote weed growth and algal blooms.
Although water levels are currently down in 2021, please be aware: Watch your wake, slow down , and enjoy the view!
The Small Vessel Regulations stipulate that the legal speed limit for all motor boats is 10 km/hr within 30 metres of any shore. A wave that is 12.5 cm high (the height of a compact disc case) when it reaches shore does not cause significant shoreline damage. What operating speeds best achieves this? Boats operating at speeds under 10 km/hr.
For more information, please read the Pike Lake Community Association's Watching Your Wake paper.
The Township of the Archipelago's Boat Speed and Wake survey closed on February 26, 2021 with 255 submissions. The Township is in the midst of analyzing the results with the assistance of PaBIA, Skerryvore RA and Shawanaga RA. The results will be summarized and posted on the Township of the Archipelago website at a later date.
Do you have pictures to share of wake damage in the Township of the Archipelago? Forward them by email to Operations Coordinator Alison Scarrow to be added to this page. Please include photo credit information.
Before Water Levels Rising:
The Effect of Wake Combined With Higher Water Levels:
*Photos courtesy of Patrick Rowan