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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 U.S.  Naval Observatory Web site allows viewers to estimate sunrise and sunset times.)
  • 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
  • wear a life vestCrafts operating over 5 mph, including personal watercraft or "jet skis," must also remain at least 100 feet away from all other craft and persons.
  • 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 flotation device.
  • 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!  Click here for more information from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Contact Us

 Staff contact: Janie Civille (360) 786-5830. E-mail: civillj@co.thurston.wa.us


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