Other boaters and property owners wish to enjoy the water as well. As a courtesy to other boaters and swimmers, as well as property owners, be sure to monitor your wake, noise level, and boat speed around other boats and shoreline properties. You are responsible for any damage caused by your wake. Be sure to take the time to review proper safety and operation procedures if you let someone else operate your boat. Be particularly mindful of your boat noise in the early morning and late evening. Leave the water as you found it: clean up any waste you encounter and be sure to collect any of your own waste in a garbage bag and dispose of it properly once you get to shore.
Any type of boating vessel demands an operator's respect and attention. Careless or reckless behavior aboard any vessel can result in dangerous consequences. A boat is not a toy. Enjoy your boating experience, but be mindful of the power of many vessels and the inherent dangers that water presents.
Specific laws regarding how close to shore, a swimming area, or other vessels you can operate are determined by state and therefore can vary. You should be aware of, and obey these regulations, including speed limits and no-wake zones prior to operating. Always check with state or local laws when boating on an unfamiliar body of water.