Anchored 40 yards from Raccoon Island, Matt would be scratching his head, if he heard the news this past August about the proposal.
I just got word from NJ Fishing.com that legislation is proposed to outlaw anchoring 200 feet or closer to shore on Lake Hopatcong between May 15th and September 15th each year. Some people don't like the partying on boats in Byram Cove, and we all know what nefarious political solutions can arise when power gets involved; power that doesn't care about the rest of us, if we don't care for ourselves. If enough of us write to oppose this measure, they'll listen. Someone on NJ.com has suggested that in writing a protest letter, we ask for an exception clause for fishermen. I further add that if the politicians learn of who and how they would deprive, they will feel less inclined to do this. Tell them why you value fishing on the lake, why it matters to anchor in close. Tell them why fishing the lake matters to you, make a connection in the email you send.
This is the language on page two of the New Jersey State Police website: "At the request of citizens who own property along the shores of Lake Hopatcong, particularly in Byram Cove, and after consultation with State Police Marine Services Bureau, the BRC proposes new N.J.A.C.
13:82-3.11(l) to prohibit certain activities on the lake between May 15 and September 15 of each year. These restrictions will alleviate crowding and dangerous behavior during the height of the boating season when the lake is most crowded. Specifically, the BRC proposes to prohibit vessel from anchoring closer than 200 feet from the shoreline. The BRC also proposes to prohibit the tethering of a raft or tube more than 20 feet from an anchored vessel and prohibit more than
10 vessels from anchoring together (commonly known as rafting)"
Here's who to write: