Every big shared space has to have some rules, even if it’s just agreed-upon etiquette. Here are some of our Lake’s rules:
Urgent: Stop zebra mussels from ravaging Lake Buel!
Lake Buel is not yet suffering from the infestation of zebra mussels that have proved such a nuisance in other local lakes; but, our lake provides the perfect growth environment for zebra mussels given its high calcium levels, pH and water temperature.
Here’s why we all should care [source]:
(There’s even more at Wikipedia.)
What you can do
ALL floating devices MUST be washed before entering the lake including boats, kayaks, canoes, paddles used, water skis, tubes, etc. Zebra mussels can attach themselves to just about anything stuck into the water.
Also review the Massachusett DCR brochure for current information on stopping the spread.
Adherence to Massachusetts Boating regulations and safety recommendations is expected. If you are uncertain about current guidelines, the following links are recommended.
Keeping the Lake safe and peaceful
Please watch out for swimmers who may be out towards the middle of the Lake. And swimmers, please be aware that if you’re swimming by yourself, you may well be nearly invisible to boaters.
Please be respectful of people’s desire for quiet, especially early in the morning and at night. Motorboats can be an alarm clock that no one set :)
Please keep the Lake clean even beyond the legal obligations to do so.
Please treat with respect the wildlife that shares our Lake. The total amount of Lake wetlands has diminished over the years, so it has become even more important to try to leave those areas undisturbed. The turtles and herons will thank you! (Well, actually they won’t. Turtles and birds lack the cognitive capabilities required to thank someone.)
New Fishing Regulation [source]
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) reminds all freshwater anglers that as of January 1, 2012, the use of any lead fishing sinkers and lead jigs weighing less than 1 ounce is now prohibited in all inland waters (freshwater) of the Commonwealth. In terms of this regulation, “lead sinker” or “lead weight” is defined as any sinker or weight made from lead that weighs less than 1 ounce. A “lead jig” is defined as any lead-weighted hook weighing less than 1 ounce. For more information, click here.