Lake and Water Safety

DNR - Ice Safety Measures

DNR Ice Safety Measures

Did You Know About this State Regulation?

People do not have the right to walk up onto the bank of private property along an inland lake without permission of the owner.  Neither does a person have the right to cross private property to get to the water. Only a riparian owner may maintain a boat at an anchorage or private dock. Non-riparians must dock their boats at marinas or use public access sites for lake entry. And Lake Bel-Air has NO PUBLIC ACCESS!

Safe Boating on Our Lake


Improper Distance

Is defined as not maintaining a proper distance while operating a vessel or towing a person. To maintain a proper distance when you are operating at greater than “slow, no wake speed” the vessel or persons being towed must not be within 100 feet of:

  • A shoreline (if operating in water less than three feet deep)
  • Any moored or anchored vessel
  • A dock or raft
  • Any marked swimming area or person(s) in the water

Anchored Rafts and Swim Decks

The Michigan Riparian states:

“Anchored rafts present a hazard to navigation if they are permanently or temporarily anchored beyond the longest shoreline based structure (for example, beyond the longest dock on the lake.) Rafts anchored beyond this point must have sufficient navigational markings and/or warning lights (as well as legal identification markings) to prevent boats that are navigating a body of water at night from colliding with the raft. Public Act 101 of 2010: Act 324.80163) allows law enforcement and DNR officers to remove rafts that present a navigational hazard to marine traffic at the owner’s expense.”

In other words, if a watercraft hits your raft, you will be held fully liable for any property damages, injuries or deaths that occur as a result of any accident.