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 Boating Safety Guidelines
                                                             Potential Hazards on Lake Henry

                             Lake Henry, like many lakes in the Poconos, has rock outcroppings and numerous tree stumps creating potential
                             hazards for watercraft. Boating or Jet skiing on the lake is at your own risk and users should proceed with caution.
                             Cottagers are responsible to ensure that all users and guests are fully aware of these potential hazards. The map of 
                             Lake Henry below is intended to provide a broad overview of the lake. All users must become familiar with there
                             surroundings and in particular the areas of the lake they are utilizing, which fluctuates throughout the season, and
                             is dependent upon many factors including, but not limited to, rainfall and various seasonal changes. Neither LHCA
                             nor individual Cottagers are liable for accidents on the lake; use of the lake is at your own risk.

                                   This map is for advisory purposes only. All areas identified are approximate. 
                                                                           Chart is not to be used for navigation.

                                                                                        Personal Watercraft​

                             The PA Fish & Boat Commission requires that all personal watercraft (jet ski) operators, regardless of age, must
                             have a Boating Safety Education Certificate. Further, persons 11 years of age or younger may NOT operate a
                             personal watercraft and persons 12 through 15 years of age may NOT operate a personal watercraft with any
                             passengers on board that are 15 years of age or younger.

                             Complete regulations for operation of personal watercraft can be found on the PA Fish & Boat Commission
                             website at  

                                                              Pennsylvania Boating Handbook

                            Personal Watercraft (PWC) are defined as vessels less than 16 feet in length that use an inboard engine powering 
                            a water jet pump as their primary source of propulsion, designed to be operated by a person sitting, kneeling or
                            standing in other than the conventional manner of boat operation. Other vessels may use jet propulsion,
                            however, they are not considered a PWC.
                            These boats are fast and maneuverable and can be operated in relatively shallow water. PWC operators are
                            involved in a disproportionate number of boating accidents. Collisions are the most common type of
                            accident reported, and they are usually caused by the operator not keeping a proper lookout or operating the
                            boat in a reckless manner. Many of these accidents are caused by people new to PWC operation, and nearly
                            all of these accidents are avoidable.

                                           PWC operators must follow the same laws and regulations as other boaters.

                              Pennsylvania regulations require that PWC operators must:

                              • Wear life jackets at all times. All passengers must also wear life jackets. Inflatable life jackets are
                               not acceptable.
                              • Carry a fully charged fire extinguisher on board. (see fire extinguisher section)
                              • Carry a sound-producing device on board.
                              • Attach the cut-off switch safety lanyard to clothing, body or life jacket. The purpose of the switch is
                              to stop the engine in case the operator falls off.

                              Furthermore, it is illegal:

                             • For anyone to operate a PWC without having in one's possession a Boating Safety Education
                             • To rent a PWC to anyone 15 years of age or younger. No one less than 16 years of age may operate
                             a rented PWC.
                             • To operate a PWC from sunset to sunrise. 
                             • To tow a water skier behind a PWC with a capacity of two people or fewer and to tow more than
                             one skier.
                             • For anyone 11 years of age or younger to operate a PWC.
                             • For anyone 12 through 15 years of age to operate a PWC with any passengers on board 15 years of
                             age or younger.

                                                                                          PWC Operation

                             PWC operators should be responsible and considerate of others around them. Noise is the most common
                             complaint against PWC operators. A PWC must be equipped with an efficient muffling system in good
                             working order, which cannot be bypassed or altered. Courteous PWC operators will vary their areas of
                             operation to reduce repetitive course tracking, stay away from shorelines and be aware of all boats and
                             people in the area of operation.

                             Everyone who operates a PWC should read the owner's manual and become familiar with the craft before
                             going out on the water. Practice is essential for safe PWC operation. PWC operators must connect the
                             safety lanyard to both the cut-off switch on the PWC and their life jacket, body or clothing. If the operator
                             falls off, he should re-board the craft from the rear. PWCs have both "main" and "reserve" fuel tanks.
                             Switch the fuel selector on your craft to "reserve" when the "main" tank has been used and head to shore to
                             refuel. Safety gear, including gloves, eye protection, footwear, and wetsuit or dry suit for protection against
                             cold water is not required by law but advisable for PWC operators.

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.                                      
                                                                                  -Henry David Thoreau