Lake Lawrence Boating Safety Rules
Thurston County has specific regulations regarding boating operations
and water safety on lakes. Below are key provisions of Chapter 16.04 as
it applies to Lake Lawrence:
- Speeds over 5 mph. are allowed only from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or official sunset,
whichever comes first. The maximum speed limit for Lake Lawrence is 45
mph in the open basins. (The
Observatory Web site allows viewers to estimate sunrise and sunset
- After sunset, all crafts must use proper running lights.
- Crafts operating over 5 mph must be at least 200 feet off the
shoreline. This must be observed because swimmers and nonmotorized
craft tend to gather within the 200-foot safety zone. This rule also
reduces the impact of wakes upon shore banks.Thurston County has
specific regulations regarding boating operations and water safety on
lakes. Below are
Crafts operating over 5 mph, including personal watercraft or "jet
skis," must also remain at least 100 feet away from all other craft
- All watercraft must travel in a counter-clockwise direction.
- All water skiers must have at least three people: a driver, an
observer, and a skier. The observer is required to watch the skier at
all times and to use a red or orange flag to signal when a skier is
down in the water. All water skiers are required to wear an approved
- Personal flotation devices must be on-board all watercraft, with
one device required for each person and easily accessible. Children 12
years old and younger must wear a personal flotation device at all
times if traveling on a vessel that is shorter than 19 feet.
- All personal watercraft (or "jet ski") operators must wear an
approved flotation device.
- It is illegal to operate any craft while under the influence of
drugs or alcohol.
Don't forget to check your boat for Eurasian Watermilfoil!
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information from the Washington State Department of Ecology.
contact: Janie Civille (360) 754-4681. E-mail: