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Game Warden Justin Turner's Update For August

30 Aug 2023 5:05 PM | Jerremy Jones (Administrator)

Our Game Warden Justin Turner sent us this update about Game Warden patrols at the lake in August to pass along to the lake community. He has been providing updates throughout the season, and this is his fifth update.

We thank Justin for his work, and providing these updates to the lake community!

Justin's Report:

"Game Wardens patrolled the lake throughout the month of August conducting safety inspections and visibility patrols. Several patrols resulted in addressing zero violations, for example no wake violations, illegal operation of personal watercraft, or the mandatory requirements for having a personal flotation device(s). Having said that, as a reminder anybody born after January 1, 1974, is required by statute to complete a boating safety course.

Here is a link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/23/029/03305b

Fishing pressure seems to be increasing while the recreational boating seems to be slowing down. There are several fishing derbies scheduled to be on the lake in the near future. Here are those dates: 09/02, 09/10, 10/07, 10/08, and 10/14.

If you see a violation or any activity that raises concern, please feel free to contact Warden Turner directly at 802-595-8754. If there is an emergency and you are unable to speak directly with Warden Turner, call State Police Dispatch at 802-772-4629 and the next available Warden can assist you.

Stay safe, keep dry, and enjoy the lake!”

One of those numerous safety inspections Justin conducted in August was with me as I had stopped to observe a loon this past Sunday in Oxbow Bay:

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Warden for Lake St. Catherine - Justin Turner

Justin checked that I had my boating license, and also inspected the boat for things like proper PFDs, working lights, a fire extinguisher, and registration.

When you pass the safety inspection, you get a Warden Service Inspection Sticker:

2023 Vermont Marine Warden Service Inspection Sticker

Thank you to Justin for working to keep us all safe on the lake, and for providing these updates!

You can read more about boating rules, and how to contact Justin on our Lake Safety page here: https://lakestcatherine.org/lake-safety

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