Round Hill Sets Sleeter Lake Boat Storage Regs

Almost a year after Round Hill opened its long-awaited Sleeter Lake Park, town leaders have adopted rules governing watercraft storage on the water’s edge.

The Town Council last Thursday approved a list of 17 rules and regulations governing watercraft storage at the 11-acre park, which sits at the end of Lakefield Road adjacent to the Lakepoint Village neighborhood and was opened last August after decades of planning and anticipation.

That list first gives residents the ability to apply for a watercraft storage space annually, March 1 to Feb. 28, for $135 per slip. Currently, the town has one large storage unit that an Eagle Scout installed last year that has room for 12-14 watercraft depending on their sizes—whether they’re kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. Town Planner Lauren Runyan said the town is installing two more units this summer that will accommodate another 12 watercraft.

Those who obtain watercraft storage permits from the town must display town-issued decals on the watercraft at all times. The storage rules also reiterate a few of the already adopted park rules—including the prohibition of motor-powered boats and the 7 a.m. opening time and ever-changing closing time that the town will post on signs at the park.

They also establish that that all watercraft stored at the park is done so at the owner’s risk, that permits are nontransferable and, among other rules, that all watercraft must be operated in accordance with the Sleeter Lake Boating Rules & Regulations and all federal, state and local regulations, like the required use of U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation devices.

The town’s watercraft storage rules tag along with the general park rules and regulations it implemented last July. Those rules were adopted after the town came to an agreement on them with the Round Hill Owners Association, which owns the 100-acre lake.

The rules establish that the park will remain open to the public from March 1 to Nov. 1 each year, that the speed limit down Lakefield Road and in the parking lot is 15 mph and prohibit special events in excess of 16 residents, dogs running unleashed and hunting, among other activities.

The lake’s six general rules include the prohibition of swimming in and ice skating on the lake, littering and the feeding of wildlife. They also allow visitors to fish from the docks and shores, with the catch and release method encouraged.

The park rules also set 12 boating regulations that restrict boat size to 18 feet in length, restrict the number of boats on the lake at any one time to 18, set the minimum boat operator age at 16 years, allow the use of boats with electric motors so long as they have 195 pounds of thrust or less and prohibit boat launches if there is ice on the lake.

To read the full Sleeter Lake Park Rules and Regulations, go to the planning and zoning services section of the town’s website, roundhillva.org.

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