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Wake surfing and wake boarding sports have increased substantially in recent years. While the excitement of these wake sports is undeniable, they do require large wakes (3 feet or more) that can have serious side effects on Maine lakes. These waves can be created inadvertently by boats plowing through the water (low speed boating with the bow of the boat elevated) or on purpose by uniquely designed wakeboats.
The waves generated by these boats are much greater than those of typical boats and have impacts on other lake users, shorefront property, wildlife, the environment and the spread of invasive species. To help ensure Maine’s lakes remain clean and clear for generations to come and where all people can continue to enjoy them, some limitations on large wake creating activities need to be put in place.
A group of concerned citizens, The Maine Boating Impacts Coalition (MBIC) was recently formed to address these boating issues. MBIC is made up of individuals and organizational representatives with knowledge of Maine lakes, boating, wakeboats, lake science, and wildlife. MBIC has developed the following recommendations to help mitigate the adverse effects of large wakes and other side effects of these wake sports.
MBIC reasons for these recommendations are:
Comments of support or concern about wake sport activities on Maine lakes or with the MBIC recommendations or a request for more information can be sent to: MBIC.Maine@gmail.com
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