Laws in place to protect lake

There has been much talk and controversy over wake surfing on Sproat Lake, with large wakes damaging docks, boats and property.

To the Editor,

There has been much talk and controversy over wake surfing on Sproat Lake, with large wakes damaging docks, boats and property.

With this fairly new sport, the boats are ballasted with water for extra weight along with drop down gates to create a wake large enough to surf on.

This activity has created larger and more powerful waves than Sproat Lake has ever seen.

The topic of wake surfing has been brought up several times in the past at our Sproat Lake Community Association meetings.

There is a law in place that states  “ A boat’s wake can damage other vessels, docks and the shoreline.

“It can also be a risk for swimmers, divers and people on small boats that might capsize.

“Be aware of how your boat’s wake might effect others when choosing your speed. You will be responsible for any damages or harm you cause.”

Transport Canada’s “On The Water Safe Boating Guide” has this information and much more.

This law has never been enforced on Sproat Lake as it falls under Federal jurisdiction.

But the law is there to pursue if wake surfing is causing damage to one’s property.

Although the waterways are federal jurisdiction, the law is to be enforced by local RCMP.

Sproat Lake is a great place for water sports but there is a time and place for wake surfing as to not anger residents or other people out to enjoy the lake.

I encourage lake residents, wake surfers and anyone with concerns to attend our community association meetings and voice their opinions.

A simple solution could be designated wake surfing areas.

I look forward to input and ideas  to come up with a solution to this problem on our lake.

Stan Kujala,

president,

Sproat Lake Community Association