You Can’t Just Launch Your Personal Watercraft Anywhere


On June 8, 2021, the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a complaint regarding individuals accessing the community beach (known as Beech Beach) to launch watercraft via ATV and 4×4’s which is not permitted and a safety issue for beach goers within Jocelyn Township.

Vessels and Personal Watercrafts (PWC’s) cannot be launched at a public beach or a non-designated boat launch. Many private property owners have their own access to lakes, where they can launch their boats. Check with your municipality regarding designated boat launches and safe lake access areas.

Additionally boaters and jet-ski/sea-doo users who are boating in and through swimming area creating a safety issue for swimmers could face a fine of $430.00 for operating vessel in a careless manner.

As well no persons under 16 years-of-age are permitted to operate a PWC, regardless of supervision. The operator may face a $125 fine and the owner who allowed the operation may face a $305 fine.

Another remember, that any vessel being underway that has any type of motor, requires the operator to possess a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) or proof of competency equivalence.

“Safety is paramount for all lake users – boaters, kayakers and swimmers. These rules are in place for a reason. Persons under 16 years-of-age may lack the marine experience required to operate a jet propelled water craft. These operate differently than an outboard motor driven vessel”, says Constable Phil Young of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).


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