Stay safe this July 4th

Let’s enjoy celebrating the 4th of July on the lake with the fine summer weather forecast. With so many boats and swimmers out there, please be extra cautious, especially at night when visibility (and audibility with fireworks) are very limited.

  • Boats must have lights visible all around.
  • Any night-time swimmers must stay very close to shore.
  • Pontoon boats should only use navigation lights; docking (head) lights are only for docking or emergency use and tend to blind other boaters.

Remember:  in any of the narrows, during quiet hours of 2-6 p.m. holidays and Sundays, and at night, minimal no-wake speed is the rule.


Updated! Lake Boon Commission meets Thursday, June 20


Due to late posting of the revised LBC meeting agenda which was to include interview/selection of the recommended candidate for Lake Boon Commissioner, this item cannot be considered at this meeting. It will be put on the agenda for a subsequent meeting to be scheduled. Therefore, the original agenda (below) will be followed this evening.  The LBC apologizes for the confusion.

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Thursday, June 20 at 6:45 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117), in Stow.

Here is the agenda:

Public Comment

Meeting Minutes

Pay Bills

  •     Solitude
  •     LBC boat/buoy supplies

Discuss Solitude lake weed treatment progress.

Letter from lake resident re: dock licensing

New Business for next meeting

Chairman’s Comments

Date of next meeting



Safety regulation reminder

The great weather brought out boaters and the Stow Police this past weekend. The police gave out eight warnings for not carrying life jackets on kayaks or paddle boards and for speeding in the narrows and during quiet hours. Let’s be safe and considerate out there!

You and your guests need to be aware and adhere to Lake Boon Rules and Mass State Law: In some cases of safe boating distance, more restrictive state laws take precedence over Lake Boon rules which are in the process of revision.

Mass laws are available in a more readable form at

From page 53 of that handbook, key state laws include:

◊ Motorboats may not be operated

  • Within 150 feet of shorelines used as swimming areas
  • Within 75 feet of floats or markers that designate swimming areas

◊ At a rate of speed that creates a wake that causes damage, injury, or excessive rocking to other vessels, rafts, or floats

◊ At more than “headway speed” under any of the following conditions:

  • From 150 to 300 feet of shorelines used as swimming areas
  • Within 150 feet of marinas, ramps, rafts, or floats
  • Within 150 feet of swimmers