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E. WATERCRAFT REGULATIONS
1. General Regulations:
(a) The provisions of the State of Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act have been adopted by the Association to be applicable to all watercraft operated on Lake Wildwood and Lake Tanglewood. In instances where the rules in the Redbook of Rules and Regulations differ from this Act, the Redbook rule will apply. Class II or Class III.

(b) The racing of watercraft is not permitted. Class III. Updated: May 5, 2007.

(c) Only electric trolling motors can be used on Lake Tanglewood. First offense - Class I; Second offense - Class II.

(d) No watercraft shall be operated in any restricted areas which are marked by buoys or which may be otherwise designated from time to time. First offense - Class II; Second offense - Class III.

(e) No docking or beaching of watercraft is permitted in or on any common area or property, except in designated areas. No docking or beaching of watercraft is permitted on any privately owned lot without the owner's permission. Class II.

(f) Any watercraft operator involved in a boating accident must report such accident to the General Manager or Security as soon as possible, but not later than two hours after the occurrence. Class II.

(g) When the lake is 4" over pool stage (elev. 580'4") or 36” below pool (elev. 577'), the entire lake will be posted "No Wake” until the level of the lake decreases beyond 575’ and is expected to maintain or exceed that level. No watercraft shall be operated in such a manner during “No Wake” posting as to cause a wake. Class III.

(h) Any watercraft following in the path of another watercraft pulling a towable device must stay a minimum of 300' astern and 100' to either side of the towboat and its towable device. Class III.

(i) No watercraft may be operated by a person who is under the influence of alcohol or other substance. The Department of Conservation is empowered to make arrests and Marshall County Sheriff's Department and the Illinois State Police are empowered to administer breathalyzer tests to anyone. Class III.

(j) No personal watercraft, such as jet skis, or wave runners except those certified by the manufacturer for three persons or more may tow any device while in operation on Lake Wildwood. Class III.

(k) No hovercraft will be allowed on either lake in the Development.

(l) All watercraft operated on Lake Wildwood shall at all times be equipped with an adequate exhaust system, in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise. No exhaust system shall be equipped with a cut-off, by-pass or similar device. Class II.

(m) No person shall operate any watercraft in a careless or heedless manner as to endanger any person or property. More specifically, no person shall operate any watercraft, specialty prop-craft, personal watercraft or manipulate any water skis, aquaplane or similar device in such a manner as to willfully or wantonly endanger the life, limb or property of any person, to weave through congested traffic, to jump the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed, to wait until the last possible moment to swerve to avoid collision, or operate any watercraft so as to approach or pass another watercraft in such a manner or at such a rate of speed as to create a hazardous wake or wash. Class III.

(n) No person shall operate a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft before 8:00 a.m. or after sunset, as established by the U.S. Weather Bureau. Class III.

(o) Age restrictions for the operation of a motorized watercraft: Updated: May 5, 2007.
i. No person under 10 years of age is permitted to do so. Class III.
ii. Persons aged 10-11 may do so only if they are accompanied by and under the direct control of a parent or guardian. Class III.
iii. Persons aged 12-17 may do so if accompanied and under the direct control of a parent/guardian or a person at least 18 years of age designated by such parent/guardian or such motorboat operator is in possession of a Boating Safety Certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Education or a valid certificate issued by another state, a province of the Dominion of Canada, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary or the United States Power Squadron. Class III.

(p) It is highly recommended that all operators of motorized watercraft complete an approved water safety course. Statement. Updated: May 5, 2007.

2. Registration of Watercraft:
(a) All member‑owned watercraft entering or being operated upon the waters of Lake Wildwood or Lake Tanglewood must be registered with the state in which the owner resides, if registration of that boat is required by the laws of that state. All such watercraft must clearly display the state registration number. Class II.

(b) All member‑owned watercraft entering or being operated upon the waters of Lake Wildwood or Lake Tanglewood must be registered with the Association Office of the Development. To register a watercraft, the standard registration form (available by mail from the Association Office, or at the Guardhouse) must be completed and submitted along with: i. A copy of the State Watercraft Certificate of Numbers issued by Illinois or the state in which the owner resides, if registration is required by that state, clearly showing the watercraft is member‑owned. ii. A certificate of marine liability insurance qualifying property damage and bodily injury ($100,000 minimum) if the watercraft is equipped with a motor exceeding ten (10) horsepower. Class III.

(c) Each watercraft registered with the Association Office in accordance with Section E.2.(b) shall have a Lake Wildwood Recreational Vehicle Decal displayed on the port (left) stern (back) gunwale and member lot numbers displayed on both sides of the watercraft on the gunwale near the stern. Any member with any watercraft, canoe, pontoon boat, etc. on LWA waters which is not properly registered or not displaying current decal or not displaying an assigned LWA registration number or lot number will be subject to a monetary penalty, and/or suspension of boating privileges. The member lot numbers must be in at least 3” numbers that clearly contrast with the boat color. Class II. Updated: December 12, 2009.

(d) A member may register only one power-driven watercraft of each type per dues-paying lot. Watercraft types are as follows:
i. Powerboat - a single hull craft, designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling inside the vessel and powered by outboard, inboard/outboard, inboard engine or jet propelled: Deck Boat - A single or multiple hull craft, designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling inside the vessel and powered by outboard or inboard/outboard or inboard engine.
ii. Rowboat - A single hull craft propelled by oars.
iii. Sail Boat - A single or multiple hull craft propelled by wind by means of a sail or canvas.
iv. Fishing Boat - A single or multiple hull craft propelled by a motor no larger than 25 hp.
v. Canoe/Kayak - A single hull craft whose sides meet in a sharp edge at each end propelled by one or more paddles.
vi. Pontoon Boat - A multiple hull craft with a separate deck structure powered by outboard only.
vii. Personal Watercraft (jet ski) - As defined by the United States Coast Guard.
viii. Paddle Boat - A single or multiple hull craft propelled by means of a paddle wheel powered by hands or feet.
ix. Paddleboard - A single board craft propelled by a paddle and only to be operated within the designated "No Wake" zones on the Lake.
x. Any watercraft that differs from the crafts listed above must have Board of Directors' approval before being allowed to operate on Lake Wildwood.

(e) Guest watercrafts are prohibited on both lakes at all times unless Board written approval is provided to the requesting member for a specific purpose, function or event. Updated May 14, 2016.

3. Speed Limits:
(a) Watercraft must never exceed a speed that is safe and reasonable for the prevailing conditions. First offense - Class II; Second offense – Class III.

(b) No watercraft shall be operated in such a manner that a wake will be caused while entering or operating in designated "No Wake" zones on the lake. Class II.

(c) No motorized watercraft shall be operated in such a manner as to create a wake before 8:00 a.m. or after sunset, established by the U.S. Weather Bureau. Class II.

(d) No watercraft may be operated at any time at a speed above 30 mph. Class III.

(e) Traffic flow must be in a generally counterclockwise direction around the lake (excepting sailboats). First offense - Class II; Second offense – Class III.

(f) Watercraft must stay at least 100’ from a flag or buoy marking the presence of a scuba diver under the water. First offense – Class II; Second offense - Class III.

4. Restrictions on Sizes and Types of Watercraft:
(a) All powerboats, deck boats, fishing boats or sail type boats operated on Lake Wildwood must be 19' or less in length. The only exceptions to this length limitation shall be for this classification of boat where a molded platform is formed to the rear of the boat. Statement.

No pontoon type boat operated on Lake Wildwood may exceed 25’ in length. The only exception to the limits set forth herein shall be for those watercraft, which have been continuously registered with LWA prior to adoption of this rule. As long as the watercraft is registered to the original lot owner, it may be operated upon the water of Lake Wildwood. This exception is not transferable in the event of the sale of the watercraft from one LWA member to another. Statement.

The Lake Wildwood Security personnel, the General Manager and one member of the Board of Directors or a representative thereof will do the measuring of the watercraft. The measurement of the boat will be the overall length of the boat according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If the owner does not have the manufacturer’s specifications then the boat shall be measured as the overall length of the hull measured over the top from the bow to the stern. This rule shall be effective for boats acquired/introduced to Lake Wildwood after June 15, 2006. The boat must be level. Statement.

(b) Houseboats may not be operated on Lake Wildwood nor may anyone sleep overnight on a boat unless the boat is docked at a private lot improved with a residence. Class II.

5. Boat Equipment:
(a) Personal Floatation Devices (life preservers):
i. It is unlawful to operate any watercraft unless at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device is on board for each person. Class II or Class III.
ii. Any watercraft 16 feet or more in length, except a canoe or kayak, must have at least one throwable type of U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD or its equivalent on board in addition to the required PFD in “i.” When assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar device, there must be one U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD on board the watercraft for each person being towed, or worn by the person being assisted or towed. NOTE: A ski belt is not a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD. Class II or Class III.
iii. All such PFD’s must be readily accessible, in serviceable condition, an appropriate size for whom it is intended, and legibly marked with the U.S. Coast Guard approval number. Class II or Class III.

(b) Lights: Every vessel shall carry and display when underway between the hours of sunset and sunrise such lights as shall be required by the U.S. Coast Guard for watercraft of equivalent length and type. Class II or Class III.

(c) Fire extinguisher: All boats equipped with an internal combustion engine must carry on board at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher so placed as to be readily accessible and in such condition as to be ready for immediate and effective use. Class II or Class III.