The Wakes and Speed Pilot Project has been moving along steadily in the last few months just in time for the large volume of boats and personal watercrafts using the Indian River to travel to Port Carling this summer.
We want to remind everyone that there is a speed limit of 9km and therefore minimal wake within 30 metres of shore, another vessel, docks and boathouses, and of course swimmers.
Two new No Wake buoys are now in place in the pilot project area. Twenty-five 9km/hr VORR signs have been distributed to residents and are in the process of being installed on docks, boathouses, and trees.
We conducted a focus group on a No Wake sign design late last month and found it did not have a strong enough message to boaters. We are now in the redesign process and hope to have the last component of the pilot project in place soon.
The radar speed device, owned by the Muskoka Lakes Association, installed in the Foreman Narrows on June 1st has experienced some technical problems but we hope for resolution soon.
Don’t forget to watch your wake!
-Colleen Kennedy, Wakes and Speed Project Lead