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Raccoon Lake is 2,060 acres and roughly 11 miles long. The average depth is 24 feet with the deepest part near the dam around 70 feet.
Raccoon Lake offers 5 boat ramps- highlighted in pink
1. Main RSRA Park Ramp
2. Dam Ramp
3. Walker Boat Ramp
4. Hollandsburg Ramp
5. Portland Mills Ramp
Raccoon Lake is a beautiful and relaxing area that has something for everyone. You will have a fun and exciting time as long as you follow the rules and regulations. Accidents can happen and it is your job as a responsible boater to learn the rule and use caution when on the water.
Raccoon Lake is a busy lake, especially on the weekends and holidays. It is important to follow these guidelines to ensure everyone has a safe and fun day on the lake.
All drivers MUST have a valid driver's license
All drivers MUST follow the same drinking laws as if driving a vehicle
Make sure you have the proper safety equipment on board
You are knowledgeable on how to operate the boat
You respect the local wildlife
Watercraft Registration and Permits
All watercraft must be registered and numbered within 31 days of purchase
Registration numbers must be displayed on the forward half of the watercraft on both sides above the waterline and read left to right.
The numbers must be in BOLD block letters at least 3 inches high in a color contrasting to the hull.
Numbers must be able to be read from 100ft.
The watercraft registration decal must be renewed every year and must be displayed within 6 inches of either before or after the registration numbers on the port (left) side of the boat.
A lake permit MUST be displayed on your boat. They can be bought at the Raccoon State Recreation Area front gate or online at https://stores.innsgifts.com/
Accidents must be reported to the local Sheriffs department or Conservation Officers.
Reckless and Careless Operation
Anyone who operates a vessel in a reckless manner will be subject to jail time or tickets.
Watercraft Speed Restrictions
Any watercraft operating in a speed zone posted as " Idle Speed- No Wake" must operate at a minimum speed that will create a minimal wake and still allow you to maneuver.
When two (2) boats are approaching each other “head and head”, or nearly so, each boat shall bear to the right and pass the other boat on the boat’s left side.
When two (2) boats are approaching each other obliquely or at right angles, the boat on the right has the right-of-way. However, when: one (1) boat is under sail or is nonmotorized, the sailboat or nonmotorized boat has the right-of-way, and two (2) boats are under sail or are nonmotorized, the boat on the right has the right-of-way.
A boat may overtake and pass another boat on either side if the passing can be done with safety and within the assured clear distance ahead, but the boat overtaken has the right-of-way.
Boating Under the Influence
It is against the law to operate watercraft of any kind while impaired by alcohol or other drugs. An operator is presumed to be under the influence if their blood alcohol level is at or above .08.
Boater Safety and Education Requirements
Make sure you are aware of your watercraft capacity and have Coast Guard approved life jackets for everyone onboard. If you are under 15 years old you must complete the online Boater's Education Class and receive your card in order to drive any watercraft.
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