| To the residents of Upper Greenwood Lake,|
UGL Security has encountered a significant increase in members who are allowing their guests to use their personal watercraft and also members who aren’t practicing general safety as pertains to using Upper Greenwood Lake. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests and themselves. Those who don’t adhere to the required NJ State Laws and UGLPOA guidelines may find their membership jeopardized.
The following state laws are incredibly important to the safety and enjoyment of our lake by all our residents:
● Operators of Vessels
○ Guests who are operating vessels on Upper Greenwood Lake must have on their persons an endorsement of an approved NJ Boat Safety Course certificate or the endorsement of a course approved by another state, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators or its successor organization, or the United States Coast Guard. (N.J.S.A. 12:7-61) Without this document, your guest will be escorted off of the lake and the Association will document this occurrence.
■ Note: Short term renters are NOT permitted to use the waters of Upper Greenwood Lake.
■ UGL Security has terminated several users of Personal Watercrafts (PWCs) in addition to several underage users in the recent weeks.
○ No persons under the age of 16 years can operate a power vessel on the waters of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 12:7-61)
○ Children between the ages of 13 and 16 can operate a power vessel with a NJ Boating Certificate if the motor does not exceed 9.9 HP.
● General Safety
○ Children under 13 years of age are required to wear “a properly fitted United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device” while your vessel is underway. “Swimmies” are not considered personal floatation devices. (N.J.S.A. 12:7-47.1)
○ While the vessel is in transit, ABSOLUTELY NO BOW RIDING. (N.J.A.C. 13:82-1.13)
○ All non-power vessels (kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc. must have a wearable life jacket onboard for each person. Children under 13 must be wearing one.
● Towing Safety
○ Only a personal watercraft designed to accommodate three or more persons shall be permitted to tow a water skier. (N.J.S.A. 7-68)
○ All ski boats shall display a signal pennant, which shall be orange in color and triangular in shape and not less than 12 inches on any dimension. The pennant shall be displayed at least four feet above the highest structure on the boat. (N.J.A.C. 13:82-3.1(g))
● Upper Greenwood Lake specific laws (N.J.A.C. 13:82-3.16)
○ No waterskiing is permitted around Blueberry Island, Carters Island and Snake Island at the northeast end of the lake or in the Mount Laurel section cove in the southeast section of the lake.
○ All vessels shall maintain slow speed no wake around Blueberry Island, Carters Island and Snake Island at the northeast end of the lake, and in the Mount Laurel section cove in the southeast section of the lake.
○ Between sunset and sunrise, no vessel shall be operated at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour.
Please take careful consideration of this community correspondence.
The UGLPOA Board of Trustees