For the preservation, protection, and maintenance of Lake St. Catherine
The Lake St. Catherine Association is very concerned with the safety of all the people that use our lake. We try to make all people aware of the rules from the State of Vermont.
Listed below, you will find information on rules and regulations, how to contact our Game Warden to make a report, a map of the lake buoy and marker locations, and details on the LSCA's free boating safety classes.
Vermont law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal:
Careless and Reckless Operation of a vessel or the reckless manipulation of water skis, a surfboard, or a similar device is operating in a manner that causes danger to the life, limb, or property of any person. Examples of illegal, reckless operation are:
Overloading is loading the vessel beyond a safe carrying capacity, taking into consideration the weather and other operating conditions.
Improper Speed or Distance is not maintaining a proper speed or distance while operating a vessel or while towing a person on water skis or any similar device. Specifically, the following actions are illegal:
- The shoreline
- A person in the water
- A canoe, rowboat, or other vessel
- An anchored or moored vessel with a person on board
- An anchorage or dock
Note: “No Wake Speed” means operating your vessel at a speed at which the vessel does not produce a wake, not to exceed five miles per hour.
Many more rules and regulations for boating in Vermont can be found here, in the Vermont Boating Laws And Responsibilities Handbook.
Under Vermont Statute 10 V.S.A. § 1424, (effective November 17, 1980, amended January 1, 1995)
Water-skiing is prohibited in the following waters:
The operation of vessels powered by motor at speeds exceeding five miles per hour or in such a manner as to cause a disturbing wake is prohibited in the following waters:
With regard to Forest House Bay, Hall’s Bay, Horseshoe Bay, and Oxbow Bay:
For purposes of this regulation only:
Our Warden is Justin Turner who resides in Arlington. His coverage area includes 9 towns: Arlington, Sunderland, Sandgate, Manchester, Rupert, Dorset, Pawlet, Danby and Wells. Although his area does not include Poultney, he is responsible for all of Lake St. Catherine.
While Justin patrols Lake St. Catherine, he looks for things like fishing violations (while checking for licenses), unsafe boating (including checking for life jackets, boating while intoxicated) and littering. While it's not possible for Justin to be on the lake every day, we can assist him in keeping Lake St. Catherine for everyone.
Justin has outlined a few tips that are helpful if you witness a violation or an unsafe situation. The more detailed information you can provide, the better his investigation can be. If possible, try to:
Then, call Justin to report it so he can investigate - he can be reached on his cell at: 802-595-8754.
We can all be his eyes and ears around the lake helping to keep it safe.
Let's all be considerate of others while sharing the lake, and let's all work together to keep everyone on Lake St. Catherine safe.
We place buoys to show where the wake of the boat may cause damage to the shore, boats and/or swimmers. The areas are designated by the State of Vermont:
In addition to these "No Wake" buoys we also place traffic cones on areas where an underwater obstruction may damage props or hulls in shallow water. For example, The "Rock" buoy in the South West Central area, is there to warn off boaters.
A special thank you to all of the volunteers who give their time in placing the buoys and markers to assure safe boating for all.
Each season, the LSCA offers two FREE safe boating courses to help boaters satisfy the requirements by the state of Vermont. All boaters born after January 1st, 1974, must be certified to operate a power boat in Vermont waters. The certificate is good in all 50 states as it is under the auspices of the United States Coast Guard.
There will be two classes of two evenings each, near Independence Day. One will be in Poultney at the Volunteer Fire Department building, the other at the Wells Village School building. When dates are finalized, they will be posted on our Blog, our Facebook page, and our Calendar, as well as signs placed around both towns.
In 2022, the LSCA offered 2 free classes, resulting in 19 participants receiving their boating license. If you would like to complete the course online, you can visit Boat-Ed to take the Vermont class for $29.50.