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Rhythm & Booms boating rules


MADISON (WKOW) -- Hundreds, if not thousands, of people will watch Saturday night's Rhythm & Booms fireworks show from the water.

The Dane County Sheriff's office put out a statement to remind boaters of some special rules for the event, and some general rules on the water:

  • There is a Slow / No Wake ordinance enforced between sunset (approximately 8:45pm) and midnight for all of Lake Mendota.  Slow / No Wake means that speed at which a boat moves as slowly as possible while maintaining steerage control.  Slow / No Wake will be strictly enforced.
  • All motorboats which are anchored or adrift more than 200 feet from shore must show a 360 degree white light that is visible for two miles between sunset and sunrise.
  • Non-motorized boats must carry a white light strong enough for other boats to be seen from a distance of two miles.
  • Plan ahead by checking lights and other required equipment to insure that they are able to operate after dark.
  • Boating traffic is expected to be heavy.  Expect delays at boat landings and the locks.  Be courteous and have patience.
  • Boaters are encouraged to use a designated, sober driver.  Fines for operating a boat while over the legal limit (.08 or above) of intoxication can range from $250.00 to $500.00.
  • Make sure everyone in the boat has a personal floatation device.
  • The Dane County Sheriff's Office will have extra patrols on the water during this event.
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