The Waters of Lake George Just Got a Little Safer
The waters of Lake George are about to become safer than ever. Starting this year, boat renters will have to view an informational video before they will be allowed to rent a boat.
Whether you rent one of the region’s many cabins every season or are planning your first trip to Lake George, it is important that you are aware of the recent change in boat rental rules and how they might affect your stay.
Where is Lake George?
Lake George is a long, narrow lake sitting at the southern border of the Adirondack mountain range in upstate New York. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the Lake George region, either planning to hike the trails on New York’s tallest peak, Mount Marcy (5,344 feet), swim in the beautiful waters, escape to one of the many quiet cabins, or enjoy camping in the campgrounds near Lake George.
Why are the Changes Being Implemented?
These changes are the result of several boating accidents that occurred during the 2016 summer season. The most publicized of these accidents was the lethal crash that killed an eight-year-old girl and resulted in a 24-year-old man being charged with a number of charges including manslaughter.
These new regulations are likely inspired by a desire to counteract a New York State law that doesn’t require even the most inexperienced boat renters to hold a license unless they were born after May 1, 1996.
According to the changes, boat renters at all 28 marinas along the shore of Lake George will now be required to watch a six and a half minute video that explains to them the basics, like personal flotation devices, boat engine, and basic safety procedures along with simple navigational rules.
Who Made This Change?
This decision was made by the Lake George Park Commission, an organization committed to maintaining the “unique resources” of the region, as well as acting as a liaison between the public and private entities which make use of Lake George.
It is unclear what effects this might have on the tourism in Lake George, although considering it takes more time to process a boat rental than to watch the informational video it will likely do more good than harm. The more information that is available to boat renters, the safer the lake will be, and the more confidence families can have in the welfare of their children.