Summary of General Boating Operation

***All activities on the waters or surface of Bangs Lake or any body of water wholly or partly in the Village of Wauconda are done at the participants' own risk. The Village of Wauconda assumes NO LIABILITY for said use.***

Note:
The following is a summary only and is not meant to be all-inclusive. For additional information please see the Village of Wauconda Ordinance pertaining to Recreational Activities listed in Chapter 92

Speed Limits


A maximum speed limit of 30 miles per hour exists on Bangs Lake and is radar enforced 92.097(F).

No Wake Rules


It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motorboat at more than the minimum speed (5 miles per hour) between the hours of sunset and 10:00 a.m. 92.097(E).

Life Jackets (Age)


All persons under the age of 13 years shall wear a Type I, II, III or V Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while on watercraft underway on the lake 92.069(F).

Life Jackets (Activity)


All persons water-skiing (92.069), operators and passengers of personal watercraft, specialty prop-craft and similar water craft (625 ILCS 45/4-1) must wear a Type I, II, III or V PFD while engaged in these water activities.

Inspection


All duly authorized personnel may board and inspect any boat at any time for the purpose of determining if this Chapter is being complied with. Vessels underway must immediately stop upon being hailed by an authorized person 92.043(A) and 625 ILCS 45/2-2.

Towing


No person operating any type of watercraft, including personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft, that is towing persons involved in water-skiing, aquaplaning, or similar activity, may operate within 100 feet of any occupied anchored boat, personal watercraft, specialty prop-craft, marked swimming area or public boat landing 92.098(J).

Careless Operation


No person shall operate any motorboat, personal watercraft, specialty prop-craft or sailboat in a careless manner so as to be indifferent to the person or property of others, or to operate at excessive speed 92.090.

Reckless Operation


No person shall operate any watercraft, or manipulate any water ski, aquaplane or similar device in such a manner as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person, weave through congested traffic, jump the wake of another vessel unreasonably or unnecessarily close to the other vessel, or operate any watercraft so as to approach or pass another watercraft in such a manner or at such a rate of speed as to create a hazardous wake or wash, or operate any watercraft in such an unreasonable manner by turning across the path of another watercraft in such a close proximity as to cause said vessel to use evasive action to avoid a collision 92.091.

Hours of Activity


Water skiing, aquaplaning or similar activities, and the operation of personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft are permitted only between the hours of 10 a.m. and sunset, and prohibited when the waters are too crowded with watercraft or water skiers and such fact is properly announced to the public by any Police Official of the Village 92.098(B).

Direction of Traffic


All water skiing and similar activities, and all personal watercraft and specialty prop-craft shall travel in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake 92.098(E).

Safe Distance


No person who is operating any type of watercraft that is towing persons engaged in water skiing, aquaplaning or a similar activity, may get within 100 feet of any occupied anchored boat, any personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft, or any marked swimming area or public boat landing 92.098(J). No person who is water skiing or engaged in a similar activity may get within 100 feet of a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft or allow the tow rope to get within 100 feet of a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft 92.098(K). It is illegal to operate a personal watercraft or similar craft within 100 feet of the following:
  • Another boat towing a skier or person engaged in a similar activity.
  • The tow rope of another motorboat towing a skier or person engaged in a similar activity.
  • A person involved in skiing or a similar activity 92.098(I)

Towing Size


A personal watercraft or similar craft must have a minimum length of 9 feet 11 inches and be designed to seat at least 3 persons when towing persons engaged in water skiing, aquaplaning or similar activity 92.098(H).

Facing Backwards


It is illegal to operate a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft facing backwards 92.098(G).

Noise Levels


Personal watercraft, specialty prop-craft or similar craft may not exceed the maximum motorboat noise levels. You may not modify a personal watercraft or similar craft in a way that amplifies or increases the noise level above the legal limit. Operators of watercraft shall reduce speed while heading out from or returning to shore to reduce noise levels 92.098(L).

Age of Operators


No person under 10 years of age may operate a motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft. Persons at least 10 years of age and less than 12 years of age may operate a motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft only if they are accompanied on the motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft and under the direct control of a parent or guardian or a person of at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian. Persons at least 12 years of age and less than 18 years of age may operate a motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft only if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian or a person of at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian or such motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft operator is in possession of a boating safety certificate issued by the Department of Conservation Division of Law Enforcement, authorizing the holder to operate a motorboat, personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft 92.092(A). Violations of this section done with the knowledge of a parent or guardian shall be deemed a violation by the parent or guardian 92.092(B).

Unnecessary Sounding of a Whistle


No person shall sound a whistle except the internationally accepted horn or whistle signals for watercraft 92.105.

Fishing Regulations

Revised May 4, 2012
Species Daily Limit
Minimum Length
Northern Pike
1
36 inches
Muskellunge 1 36 inches
Bass - Large and Small Mouth
0 Catch and Release Only
Walleye 2 14 inches
Bluegill, Sunfish
25 6 inches
Black Crappie
8 10 inches