Lake Doster Lake Association


Lake Doster Usage Rules and Regulations



The boating laws of Michigan are enforced by officers of the Law Enforcement Division of the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, County Sheriff and any other authorized law enforcement officer. They have the right to stop and board vessels in order to check for compliance with federal and state laws.


1. Only boats owned by LDLA Members in good standing are permitted on the Lake. LDLA Members must have their LDLA issued Boat Identification Number affixed to their boat’s right rear panel.


2. Effective November 9, 2010, power boat length is limited to less than 21 feet. This does not apply to pontoons or tritoons. Boats 21' and over that are currently owned by LDLA members as of 11/9/10, are grandfathered in. Wake enhancing devices on boats (including "fat sacks", "wedges", ballast tanks, and other wake enhancing devices not listed) cannot be activated or operated on Lake Doster.


3. Boats over 16’ must be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State and their registration number displayed as required by the State of Michigan.


4. All boats must have a wearable PFD ( personal flotation device) for each person aboard. All children aboard under 6 years of age must wear a PFD.


5. Jet Skis and other mechanically powered personal watercraft are prohibited.


6. After dusk, all power boats 16 feet or longer must display red and green bow navigation lights and a white stern navigation light.


7. After dusk, power boats under 16 feet must display one white navigation light or lantern placed in the bow for visibility.


8. Sailboats and other non-motorized boats must have one white navigation light or lantern placed in the bow for visibility.


Watercraft Operation:

1. Young boaters must meet the following training or supervision requirements before they may legally operate a boat with a motor greater than six horsepower.

              1.1. Children under 12 years of age must be directly supervised by someone

                     16 years of age or older and the boat must not have a motor, or motors,

                     totaling more than 35 hp.

              1.2. Children 12 to 15 years of age must possess a Boating Safety Certificate or be

                     directly supervised by someone 16 years of age or older.

2. From 8:30 pm. to 8:30 am. Lake Doster is a No Wake Lake.

3. Boating speed limit is 35 MPH

4. Open water boat operation must be conducted in a counter-clockwise direction.

5. Order of Right-Of-Way:

           5.1 Swimmers

           5.2 Sailboats

           5.3 Non-Powered Boats (i.e. kayaks, canoes, paddle boats)5.4 Power Boats

                 with a Water Skier, Wake-Boarder, or Tuber

           5.5 Power Boats

6. Boat traffic (including fishing vessels) is not allowed between rafts and the shore.

7. No water skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, etc. is allowed in Trout Cove.

8. No wake is allowed in Sheltered Bay.

9. Operation of a boat under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited.


1. Fishing is open to all LDLA Members in good standing and their guests.

2. All those fishing must be compliant with the State of Michigan’s permits and regulations.

3. Fishing is not allowed in areas designated for swimming.

4. Ice fishing structures are not allowed on Lake Doster.



1. Swimming at the main beach is open to all LDLA Members and their guests.

2. LDHA members may use the main beach with the purchase of a beach membership.

3. Swimming beyond floats is prohibited, unless accompanied by a boat.


Water skis, Tubes, Wake-boards, and similar devices:

1. Recreational towing activities are allowed only between the hours of

      8:30 am. and 8:30 pm.

2. All participants under age 12 must use a PFD. All skiers must wear a PFD or a ski life jacket

3. Skiing, Wake-boarding, Tubing, etc. is limited to the main body of the Lake.

4. No riders shall come closer than 100 feet to any anchored boat, dock, and raft or marked swimming area (except when starting or ending their ride).

5. Every vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, a wake-board, or a similar device must have a person, in addition to the vessel operator, observing the towed person(s) at all times.


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling:

1. Scuba Diving or Snorkeling is Limited to daylight hours.

            1.1. These activities require the placement of a buoy with a flag at or near the point of

                      submergence. The flag will be red with a white stripe running diagonally.

LDLA Update:  11/09/10

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