Lake Safety Forum - Question # 7

5 months ago
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In what ways do you believe the City of Chestermere can improve safety on the Lake?


  • Lake user 6 months ago
    Use a flaging system for rider down.
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    • Admin Commented Kate Richards 6 months ago
      Hi Devon, Tell us more! What does a flagging system entail?
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      • Kasmcrae 6 months ago
        I've seen it in the US, and it's fantastic. Boats are required to have someone other than the driver hold a large flag in the air, indicating you have someone in the water.
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        • Admin Commented Kate Richards 6 months ago
          Very cool! Thanks for clarifying!
      • Lake user 6 months ago
        Spotter raises red flag in the air to indicate rider down to bring to attention to other boaters that there is a rider down.
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        • Admin Commented Kate Richards 6 months ago
          Thanks for clarifying!
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          • Kathy 5 months ago
            A white flag means no wake zone, a few of those would sure be nice so that small or slow craft don't get swamped.
  • Kathy 5 months ago
    Raise the price to launch a boat, set limits on the number of boats launched, and watch what people do, it will become apparent which ones don't know what they are doing. A boat pulling a skier should not cut in front of another boat - it endangers the skier and all occupants of the other boat. check to make sure that boats at least appear to be safe - we have rescued more people that we can count over the years! If an incident is reported it should be taken seriously and addressed. We were involved in a collision (no lights on the other boat) and we had severe damage. Nothing was done in that case and we felt that the other boat driver should have had to face some kind of charges.
  • wweger 6 months ago
    From time to time, having the RCMP or Fire department approach people who are driving unsafely.
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    • lesliedilts 6 months ago
      This is already being done
    • dcl211 6 months ago
      We were approached this past summer by the RCMP for an inspection. We received a nice little sticker for having all safety gear on board, life jackets for everyone. We were told that of the 4 times they had been at the lake last year, this was ONLY the 2nd sticker they'd handed out. I feel it's necessary to point out that this was an inspection for the 'minimum required' safety equipment. If people aren't even managing the minimum..... what else are they doing unsafely. In my humble opinion, many of the rules/laws are already in place, but given the high profile of our lake I'd like to see more enforcement.
  • Harvey 6 months ago
    Keeping motorized vehicles a certain distance from shore is important, but unless this will be enforced it is virtually useless. Restricting commercial boating operations on the lake would certainly help as this service offers very little for the residents of Chestermere and just increases safety concerns.
  • rcgregory1 6 months ago
    All motorized vessels should have too stay 150 feet away from shore unless they are coming into there dock.
  • rcgregory1 6 months ago
    Most small lakes have rule that boats go in a counter clockwise rotation. we have boaters, boaters pulling skiers or tubes going every which way on the lake. Signs should be posted at the boat launch, bridge, beach. It could stop a collision on the water from happening.When the RCMP are on the lake this should be monitored and boat drivers fined.
  • alyssiajewel 6 months ago
    Put a cap on the number of boats that can be launched. Yes there will be people disappointed given our limited number of hot summer days, but I'd rather have that then see someone seriously injured.
  • Phil Wilson 6 months ago
    Remove the rentals from the lake. Put a 150ft no wake zone around the entire shore. There is zero reason any boat is pulling riders that close. It upsets homeowners and creates almost all of the issues everyone is upset about. Even the largest wake boat has very little impact when the wake has had chance to dissipate.
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Review of commercial use of the lake. For example, boat dealerships bring their boats to be water tested or demo'd to potential buyers. There is little etiquette given to others on the lake. They have been contacted and requested to be considerate and no change has been made.
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    • lesliedilts 6 months ago
      I think this could be relatively easy to correct...set up a calander online with available times, (in the least busy times)....they can book in their slot, go to the boat launch, check in, pay a fee and test their boats.
  • ifarrell 6 months ago
    For myself, my first observation was that the boat launch should be on the other side of the bridge. Secondly, the beach and boat launch should be a distance away from each other. If the beach was relocated to the 8km/hr side of the lake it would improve safety at the beach and also more enjoyable for the paddle boarders and kayakers that wish to head that direction as well. Most of the congestion I have witnessed is right in that bridge area as the two facilities are right next to each other. The other area of opportunity to improve is the parking areas for boat trailer parking and general beach access parking. It is sometimes worst to deal with the parking lot than out on the lake. Add additional parking by getting rid of the storm pond beside the launch and widen the lot in front of the park so that it can accommodate large trucks and trailers. There is a lot of real estate in that area and while it looks really nice it does not function very well for the users as it is overflow for the few stalls that are in the launch area.
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    • lesliedilts 6 months ago
      I agree the most congested area is by the bridge and the boat parking was not well planned, their parking on grass. I would like to see a determination as to how many boats/seadoos etc should be on our small lake at any given time. Then have the appropriate number of spots for that parking and once it is full, no more get on until someone comes off.
    • lesliedilts 6 months ago
      I don’t believe it would be economically feasible at this stage of the game to start moving beaches but do agree it is not ideal. There was not a lot of thought put into creating an “infinity beach” while you have wakeboard and motor boats passing by. The beach looks like it’s own small lake most weekends...not to mention the cost of pumping the water out, removing and replacing the sand lost....the list goes on....
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Dock maintenance can be enforced by bylaw. Many of the docks and retaining walls are dilapidated, and in the spring this creates very dangerous deadheads. We often pick up pieces in excess of 4-6 feet square.
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    • lesliedilts 6 months ago
      If there is no rules on the large boats and wakes the dock and retaining walls will continue to suffer and at owners expense. I think the issue needs to be how to correct that problem first as I for one do not want to have spend excess money each year fixing something I have not created. I do agree there are some properties whose docks and walls are less than adequate but even on a big lake you get deadheads from trees. While you definitely want to keep those to a minimum I do not want to see a lot more bylaws on any of this stuff, there’s too many rules already!
  • bschrade 6 months ago
    If Chestermere is going to allow jet ski and boat rentals on the lake they have to ensure that the rental owners have some way to prove competency with operating the watercraft by the people who rent them. Renting to inexperienced operators on a very busy lake is irresponsible and the practice should reviewed. I don't really see where renting a watercraft to someone that has no ownership in the vessel and allowing them to drive it as hard as they can in areas where residents and their children are enjoying the lake adds any value to our community.
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Control of non public boat launches controlled
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    • Admin Commented Kate Richards 6 months ago
      Hi Pep,Can you tell us more about what controls you believe should be in place?
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      • Pep 6 months ago
        Number of vessels on the lake is controlled. Vessels are inspected for invasive speciesLaunch controls size of vessel and follows limitations if presented via bylaw
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        • Admin Commented Kate Richards 6 months ago
          Thanks for the follow-up!
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Bylaw regarding mooring be reviewed. Boats have been moored WITHOUT and lights and are very dangerous as you cannot see them when out at dusk/dawn or night. The lake is too small to have boats moored at all
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Lake capacity analysed and compared to the access granted to residents of Chestermere, the lake stays the same size yet more people are continually allowed access.
  • Pep 6 months ago
    Wake size limitations analysed and limited to protect soil erosion, retaining and dock protection, create safe area for average size boats, prevent capsizing of both motorized and non motorized vessels.