State and local laws regulate shoreline protection and water usage. Common courtesy and neighborly behavior makes lake life fun and memorable. We have listed a few Do's and Don'ts that could make lake-living more enjoyable for everyone. Check out links to local and state organizations.
Here are a few reminders:
- Rinse your boat's motor and trailer before using in another lake or launching a boat in BIP.
- Dispose of weeds AWAY from the lake so they do not wash back in and regrow.
- Slow to minimum wake when passing sailboats, canoes and kayaks.
- Know the location of your septic system and leaching area.
- Inspect your septic tank yearly; if sludge and surface scum combine as a thick 1/3 of the liquid depth of your tank, have the tank pumped out.
- Seek alternatives to dishwashing products containing phosphorus and bathroom cleaning products contain chlorine.
- Leave stumps and vegetation along water's edge to minimize erosion.
- Be courteous of your neighbors. Avoid loud activities before 9am or after 9PM.
- Dump sand into the lake.
- Flush toxic materials such as paint thinner, pesticides or chlorine into your septic system.
- Flush bulky items such as disposable diapers or sanitary items into the septic system.
- Bathe, wash animals, use soap of any kind or relieve yourself in the lake.
- Use high-phosphorus fertilizers near the shoreline.
- Dump leaves or grass in or around the lake.
- Throw cigarette butts, empty cans or trash of any kind in the lake.
- Shoot fireworks at or from boats.
- Spill gas in or near the lake.
- Use driveway salt. Conductivity levels in BIP are rising and this is a key contributor.
- DO NOT FEED THE DUCKS! It is returned into the lake as pollution and they start depending on others for their food.