Boating Rules Summarized

Grandview Lake is truly a treasure. It is important that everyone operating a boat on Grandview Lake familiarize themselves with the unique rules of the lake. Respect our community and your neighbors by following the rules that are summarized below. For a full listing of rules and related GLOA Policies and Procedures, please click through to the Property Policies and Forms section on this website.

Grandview Lake Boat Restrictions
  • Maximum Lengths (as indicated on manufacturer’s statement of origin):
    • Pontoon Boats:  25 Feet (interpreted as <26 Feet)
    • Other Power boats:  21 Feet (interpreted as <22 Feet from the tip of the bow to the stern, not including the swim platform unless swim platform is a part of the hull)
    • Sailboats:  19 Feet (interpreted as <20 Feet)
  • Maximum Weight (as indicated on manufacturer’s statement of origin, or their published specifications of “approximate dry weight” if no weight is listed on the statement of origin)
    • All boats, including the motor(s):  <4,500 pounds
  • Wake Enhancing Devices:
    • Use of Ballast Systems are strictly prohibited on Grandview Lake.  As of November, 2015, any new or used boats applying for registration on Grandview must have all wake enhancing devices physically removed including pumps and ballast tanks.  Boats registered prior to November, 2015 must have wake enhancing devices disabled and cannot be stickered to another lot unless all wake enhancing devices have been removed. 
    • Boats found to use ballast on Grandview Lake will be removed from the lake and not allowed back on.
    • Any equipment with the primary purpose to enhance wakes, such as fat sacks, water bags, wake blades, etc., are not permitted on Grandview Lake.
  • Maximum Boats Per Lot:
    • Only four motorized boats per lot are allowed on Grandview Lake.  As a reminder, only one ski boat or wake boat from a lot can be used at any given time.
  • Other Restrictions: 
    • Boats are not permitted to go faster than 35 MPH on Grandview Lake.  The only exception to this rule is when a boat is pulling a barefoot skier.
    • Excessive noise (mufflers, speakers) is prohibited.
    • Hydroplanes, Submarines, Airboats, Houseboats and Water Planes are not permitted on Grandview Lake.
    • Boats with cabins are not permitted on Grandview Lake.
    • Personal Flying Devices are not permitted on Grandview Lake
    • The board is currently evaluating whether or not Jet Surf Devices should be considered a Personal Watercraft on Grandview Lake, but no others will be permitted during this evaluation period.
General Power Boat Operation
  • Boat operators are responsible for their wake. Boat wakes can create an unsafe situation for other boaters and swimmers. Slow down to an idle speed if necessary when passing nearby canoes, kayaks, sailboats and fishermen.
  • Lot owners are responsible to ensure that anyone operating a boat from their lot fully understand and follow the rules on Grandview Lake.
  • All boats must carry a Coast Guard approved lifesaving device for each occupant.
  • Passengers should not exceed the stated capacity of their boat, including those being towed. For example, a PWC with a capacity of two persons occupied by two persons may not tow any person.
  • Boat traffic flows counter-clockwise on Grandview Lake.
  • Power boats should be operated at least 100 ft. from any shoreline, unless driven at idle speed. See the Shoreline Map Here for any questions.
  • Boats throwing off consistent excessive wake for any reason, such as extended (more than a few seconds) “plowing” through the water or wake surfing should operate at least 300’ from shore.
  • Idle speed is also required at all times inside of marked no wake zones.
  • All power boats must stay clear of skiers, tubers, or persons being towed by a watercraft, and swimmers.
  • Occupants of a boat with the motor running should be situated so that they are safely seated inside the boat. No sitting on gunwales or sun decks.
  • Jumping off of moving boat is not allowed, except in an emergency.
  • No boat should exceed 35 MPH unless pulling a barefoot skier (in which case, the speed limit is 40 MPH).
  • Idle speed (no wake) and appropriate navigation lights are required between sunset and sunrise on the entire lake. These hours are posted on the Grandview Lake website.
  • Regardless of the rules, the operator of a boat should never create or engage in an unsafe situation or collision. Boaters must use common sense on the water, and if confusion or an unsafe situation arises, they should slow down or stop, help each other, and/or otherwise use common sense.
Rules of the Road
  • Power boats should keep at least 100 ft. between the boat in front of them (300 ft. when the boat in front of them is pulling a skier, tuber, etc.) and 50 ft. from the side while passing another boat.
  • Faster boats should pass to the left.
  • Power boats leaving an idle zone must yield right-of-way to any watercraft outside the idle zone.
  • Boats crossing the entrance to an inlet or cove while having person in tow have the right of way over boats entering or leaving the inlet. However, if both boats have persons in tow, then the boat on the right has the right-of-way.
  • If two power boats are approaching each other bow to bow, each boat must yield to the right to stay clear.
  • If two power boats are approaching indirectly or from the side, the boat on the right has the right-of-way.
  • Power boats should yield right of way to sailboats fishing boats and non-motorized boats and provide ample clearance to consider their safety, keeping in mind that their wake can create an unsafe situation for the other boater. Slow down to an idle speed if necessary when passing nearby canoes, kayaks, sailboats and fishermen.
  • Even though a boat may have the right-of-way over another boat pursuant to any of these rules, the operator of such boat shall not pursue its right-of-way if to do so would create an unsafe situation.
  • The operator of any boat must slow down or stop, even if there is a person in tow, in order to avoid a collision or any unsafe encounter with another boat or person.
Idle Speed Times; Weekends & Heavy Traffic Times
  • Heavy traffic can occur at any time and the operator should refer to these special rules during those times.
  • Heavy traffic times always include Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6PM and holidays from 10AM to 8PM.
  • During heavy traffic times, spotters (in addition to the driver) are required when pulling people behind your boat.
  • During heavy traffic times, no more than one boat per lot can be engaged in any tow sports.
  • Idle speed (no wake) and navigation lights are required between sunset and sunrise. These hours are posted on the Grandview Lake website.
Operator Age Restrictions
  • >10 HP: Operators must be at least 16*
  • Jet Ski: Operators must be at least 16*
  • *except when accompanied by an adult over 18 or a person over 16 who has been issued a certificate of completion of a US Coast Guard or Power Squadron approved basic safety course.
  • Non-motorized boats: No restriction (parental discretion)
Tow Sport (Skiing, Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Tubing)
  • Skiers, tubers and anyone being pulled behind a boat should be wearing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
  • Passengers should not exceed the stated capacity of their boat, including those being towed. For example, a PWC with a capacity of two persons occupied by two persons may not tow any person.
  • People being towed behind a boat on ski’s, etc., may be pulled from their docks directly out to traffic lanes, but should otherwise avoid all idle zones.
  • Boats towing a skier, tuber or other person must return at once to a fallen or dropped skier, tuber or person, but must keep clear of boats when turning or traveling to the skier, tuber or person. No boat shall go any closer than 100 ft. of any fallen skier, tuber or person.
  • A ski shall not be “dropped” or be left in the lake in areas of boat traffic, and “dropped” skis must be picked up immediately.
  • During heavy traffic times, a spotter (in addition to the driver) are required when pulling people behind your boat. At other times the driver must have a suitable rear view mirror or an additional observer.
  • A spotter (in addition to the driver) are always required when pulling more than one person behind your boat.
  • During heavy traffic times, no more than one boat per lot can be engaged in any tow sports.
  • A fallen skier should hold his/her ski up (other fallen persons should hold their hand and arm up and wave) above the surface of the water in order to increase his/her visibility to boats.
  • No boat should exceed 35 MPH unless pulling a barefoot skier (in which case, the speed limit is 40 MPH).
  • The ski course should be for slalom purposes only. No boat shall pull a tube through the ski course. No boat shall be tied off to any part of the ski course.
Ballast, Wake Enhancing Devices, “Plowing” and High Wake Activities
  • Use of Ballast Systems are strictly prohibited on Grandview Lake.  As of November, 2015, any new or used boats applying for registration on Grandview must have all wake enhancing devices physically removed including pumps and ballast tanks.  Boats registered prior to November, 2015 must have wake enhancing devices disabled and cannot be stickered to another lot unless all wake enhancing devices have been removed.  
  • Boats found to use ballast on Grandview Lake will be removed from the lake and not allowed back on.
  • Any equipment with the primary purpose to enhance wakes, such as fat sacks, water bags, wake blades, etc., are not permitted on Grandview Lake.
  • Boats throwing off consistent excessive wake for any reason, such as extended (more than a few seconds) “plowing” through the water or wake surfing should operate at least 300’ from shore.
  • The Safety Patrol, Lake Manager, Lake Safety Chair or his designee, or GLOA Board Members have the right to inspect any boat for violation of Grandview Lake rules, including the utilization of wake enhancing devices. Periodic inspections of boats with ballast capabilities should be expected.
Fishing
    • Fishing on Grandview Lake is reserved for lot owners, their family and guests or those renting a lot on the lake.
    • The following daily catch limits and minimum size regulations apply to a person who fishes on Grandview Lake:

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  • A person who is fishing on Grandview Lake must exhibit for count and measurement all fish in possession upon request from the safety patrol, a BOD member, Lake Manager, or employee of the Association.
  • Fishing with a firearm, fish spear, gig, spear gun, underwater spear, pitchfork, and any bow and arrow is prohibited.
  • No person may fish with any more than three (3) poles and/or hand lines at any one (1) time, and not more than two (2) single hooks or two (2) artificial baits or harnesses for use with live bait may be used on each line.
  • Float (jug) fishing, and fishing with trout lines and limb or drop lines is prohibited.
  • Fishing with nets, seines, and traps is prohibited, except for minnows.
  • Ice fishing is permitted provided that the holes are properly marked and do not constitute a hazard to other lake users, and is undertaken at the fisherman’s own risk.
Personal Watercrafts & Jet Boats
  • “Donuts” or “360’s” are prohibited.
  • Each person on a personal watercraft must be wearing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device.
Paddle Sports
  • All boats (canoes and kayaks) must carry a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each occupant.
  • Appropriate lights are required on all boats when operating at night.
  • SUP’s: When stand up paddleboards remain outside of traffic lanes (<100 ft. from shore), they may be considered more of a swim platform or float. In this case, they do not require an approved personal flotation device onboard. However, when paddling across the lake or across boat traffic (>100 ft. from shore), the stand up paddleboard will be considered a boat, and a personal flotation device is then required.
Docks, Swimming & Swim Platforms
  • All docks and structures or boat lifts attached to docks may not extend beyond 40 feet from the shoreline.
  • All floats and swim platforms shall not extend more than 60 feet from the shoreline and should be marked with reflectors on every face.
  • Floats and swim platforms shall not be more than 1/5th the distance from the shoreline to the opposite shore.
  • Floats should never be used in traffic patterns shown on the map.
  • People should not swim more than 100’ from shore or beyond the idle zones unless swimming from a boat, in which case they should stay within 50’ of the boat and the boat should be far from traffic patterns shown on the map.
Buoys on the Lake
  • GLOA places buoys to assist boaters with identifying what 100’ from shore looks like and to establish no wake zones.
  • Only GLOA approved and/or provided buoys are permitted on Grandview Lake. All other buoys should be removed or may be removed by GLOA.
  • GLOA allows the waterski club to put out buoys for the slalom ski course.
  • GLOA allows the Yacht Club to put out buoys and markers for sailing regattas.
  • No watercraft, float or person is allowed to tie, anchor or otherwise attach themselves to any 100’ FROM SHORE, NO WAKE, IDLE ZONE, Regatta Course or Slalom Course buoys at any time.
Boat Registration & Stickers
  • All boats used on Grandview Lake must be registered with the GLOA Office.
  • Proof of ownership is required.
  • A Manufacturers Certificate of Origin must be reviewed and documented by the GLOA Office for all power boats to verify information such as length and weight of the boat.
  • See Boat Restrictions on Grandview Lake Section for information regarding what types of boats are allowed and not allowed on the lake.
  • Boats must be owned by the lot owner or owned or leased by the renters.
  • Grandview Lake Stickers/Decals will be provided once the boat is approved. Stickers may only be applied to the boat by the Lake Manager, the Lake Safety Chair or their designees.
  • Stickers remain the property of GLOA.
  • Unless otherwise authorized by the GLOA Office, boats without official stickers will be considered trespassing on the lake.
Use of the Lake (Owners & Renters)
  • Grandview Lake is a private lake. Trespassers will be prosecuted.
  • Only lot owners and their guests and families may use the lake. Special circumstances apply if a property is being rented (see below).
  • GLOA Members in good standing (dues paid) will be allowed to use the lake. Failure to pay dues will result in removal of lake privileges.
  • No person shall use the lake if such person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any other controlled substance.
  • Rental Considerations:
    • If a lot is rented, the renter takes on some of the rights of the lot owner. Lot owners forego their use of the lake when a lot is rented, and are not to use the lake during the period of the rental agreement.
    • Rental Agreements and other required paperwork must be on record at the GLOA office whenever a lot is rented.
    • Special decals will be issued to boats that renters are authorized to use.
    • No boat shall be authorized to use on Grandview Lake unless owned by the renter(s) or leased by the renter(s) from the lot owner(s) of a lot fronting on Grandview Lake.
    • The owner(s) of a lot, and their family and guests shall not use the lake by operating any boat during the term of any lease of such owner’s (s’) lot nor during the terms of the renter’s (s’) use of the lake.
    • No more than a total of three (3) renters of a lot shall be entitled to register a powerboat owned by the renter during a calendar year; however, no more than one (1) powerboat owned by a renter or leased by the renter(s) from the lot owner(s) of a lot fronting on Grandview Lake for use on Grandview Lake may be registered to any lot at any one (1) time during a calendar year.
    • The registration of any such boat shall cease upon termination of the renter’s lease, and such boat shall be removed from Grandview Lake upon termination of the renter’s lease.
    • No decal will be issued to register any boat owned by a lot owner as long as the boat is registered as a renter’s boat or is registered to another lot owner.
  • Any lot owner who has rented a lot shall provide to the renter(s) a copy of the rules prior to the renter’s (s’) use of the lake and shall notify the Lake Manager or designee and provide the information as required on the rental form.
  • No person shall use the lake if such person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any other controlled substance.
Enforcement
  • Lot owners are responsible to ensure that anyone operating a boat from their lot fully understand and follow the rules on Grandview Lake.
  • The GLOA Board shall have the right to suspend the lake use and/or boat use rights of any lot owner, renter, and their guests to use of Grandview Lake for any period up to but not to exceed six months if rules are broken.
  • Neither the GLOA Board, the Association, nor the Lake Safety Chair shall have the sole responsibility for enforcement of these rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of all lake users to help and aid in the enforcement of these rules and to assist in improving the safe enjoyment of the lake.
  • The GLOA Board works to enforce the rules and keeping the lake safe. The Board or the Lake Safety Chair may deputize others to enforce the rules as well. The Lake Manager and the Safety Patrol Officers are deputized to enforce rules on Grandview Lake.
  • Any person who is operating any watercraft on Grandview Lake shall stop the operation of the watercraft at the request of or after being hailed or signaled to stop by the Safety Patrol, Lake Safety Chair or his designee, or any GLOA Board member for such period of time as necessary to communicate with any such persons. Such operator shall accurately give his/her name, his/her age, and any other reasonable information as requested.
  • The Safety Patrol, Lake Manager, Lake Safety Chair or his designee, or GLOA Board Members have the right to inspect any boat for violation of Grandview Lake rules, including the utilization of wake enhancing devices.
  • First Violation = Verbal warning & documentation of circumstances
  • Second (and subsequent) Violation and/or First Violation if Severe Infraction = Written warning, Lake Safety Examination & possible appearance before the GLOA Board; Up to 6 months suspension of boat and/or lake privileges
  • A second written warning in the same year will result in the above, plus a mandatory meeting with the GLOA Board. A loss of lake privileges may occur at the discretion of the GLOA Board. The lot owner will also need to have a written “Plan of Action” to resolve the recurring issues.
  • A third written warning in the same year will result in the above, plus a mandatory 1-6 month suspension of lake privileges.
  • A fourth written warning in the same year will result in the above, plus a mandatory 2-6 month suspension of lake privileges.
  • The GLOA Board has the latitude to suspend either the person who incurred the infraction or any and all of the owners of the lot, and their guests or the entire lot’s privileges with any of the above disciplinary actions.
  • If multiple violations occur at the same time (one stop by Lake Safety Patrol) the violations may be grouped together as one violation at the discretion of Lake Safety.
Sailing
  • Sailboat “regattas” (races) use the “Racing Rules of Sailing” published by the “US Sailing Association” www.ussailing.org.
  • A schedule of planned regattas is available on the Grandview Yacht Club’s blog at www.grandviewsailing.blogspot.com.
  • Please take special care to keep your distance from sailors while Power Boating.