Chapter 12.08
USE INTENSITY CLASSIFICATIONS FOR SPECIFIED LAKES

Sections:

12.08.010    Water-skiing authorized.

12.08.020    Motorboats permitted -- restricted speed and power.

12.08.030    Motorboats -- Internal combustion motors prohibited.

12.08.040    Motorboats prohibited on certain lakes

12.08.045    Sailboats - mast height restriction in certain areas.

12.08.050    Regulations, restrictions and prohibitions.

12.08.010 Water-skiing authorized.

Due to the speed required for efficient planing action and large area of a lake required for maneuvering of vessels and persons being towed and the substantial interference with other water users, or danger of impact and wake damage presented to other water users and health hazards, the operation of vessels for towing water skiers and water-skiing is prohibited in all lakes in Snohomish county, except those in which such activity is expressly permitted by this section.

It is intended to prohibit such activity in all lakes having a surface area of less than 100 acres and in upland lakes over 1,500 feet in elevation and lakes being used as a public water supply.

In lakes permitting towing of water skiers and water-skiing such activity may be conducted only during daylight hours.

Waterskiing activities which require the placement of buoys, jumps or floats will only be allowed when such fixtures are placed and maintained in accordance with a valid and current aquatic lands use permit or lease where such permits or leases are required by the Washington state department of natural resources. Snohomish county shall have no responsibility to establish or maintain such buoys, jumps or floats for waterskiing activities. Any individual may apply to the Washington state department of natural resources for an aquatic lands use permit.

The county council may enact additional restrictions, but only as a result of a public notice and public hearing, which may restrict time of year, days of week, hours and manner of operation in which such activity is permitted. (This paragraph shall not be construed to limit the authority granted by chapter 6.40 SCC.)

Said restrictions are effective as to any lake only when signs or buoys advising of the restrictions have been placed.

Lakes in which water-skiing is permitted are:

Name

Acreage

Location

Lake Stevens

1021.1

8 29 6

Lake Goodwin

1546.8

33 31 4

Lakes in which water-skiing is conditionally permitted, PROVIDED That special regulations under chapter 12.44 SCC have been enacted, and conditioned further that all buoys, signs and marking devices contemplated by such regulations are in place and any other restrictions are observed:

Name

Acreage

Location

Lake Roesiger

352.2

28 29 7

Flowing Lake

134.8

2 28 6

Shoecraft

136.8

33 31 4

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 88-015, § 1, April 13, 1988).

12.08.020 Motorboats permitted -- restricted speed and power.

Due to the potential interference with other water uses and danger of impact and wake damage on smaller lakes, the maximum speed of any motorboat on the following lakes and on any lake listed in SCC 12.08.030 is restricted to eight miles per hour and the maximum power used to propel any motorboat on any such lake is restricted to 10 certified OBC horsepower:

Name

Acreage

Location

Cassidy

124.6

31 30 06

Silver Lake

102.3

30 28 05

Lake Ki

97.4

23 31 04

Hannan Lake

48.4

23 27 04

(Ord. 82-099 § 1, adopted September 24, 1982; Res. adopted December 12, 1977; Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Ord. 94-026 § 2, March 30, 1994; Amended by Ord. 12-043, July 11, 2012, Eff date July 28, 2012).

12.08.030 Motorboats -- Internal combustion motors prohibited.

Due to the inadequate flow or other factors where pollution from motor discharge is aggravated by internal combustion motor discharge, or the pristine character of upland lakes over 1,500 feet in elevation in danger of being seriously damaged, or the small size (under 45 acres), or shallow depth, or a configuration rendering the use of internal combustion motor-powered watercraft hazardous, the propulsion of a motorboat in whole or in part by an internal combustion motor is unlawful upon the following lakes:

Lake

Acreage

Location

Spada Lake

1527.0

29 29 09

Lake Chaplain

443.7

06 28 08

Blanca Lake

179.0

01 28 11

Isabel Lake

176.0

36 28 09

Lake Ballinger

103.2

32 27 04

Lake Bosworth

95.4

36 30 06

Storm Lake

78.0

01 & 02 28 06 and 06 & 07 28 07

Big Twin Lake (NE of Index)

68.8

34 29 11

Goat Lake

64.0

11 29 11

Copper Lake

60.8

05 29 10

Blackmans Lake

60

06 & 07 28 06

Martha Lake (south county)

59.3

01 27 04

Lake Martha (Warm Beach area)

58.4

18 31 04

Big Greider Lake

58.4

36 29 09

Wallace Lake

55.3

20 28 09

Serene Lake (near Index)

53.0

31 27 10

Byrne Lake

51.2

01 30 12

Boardman Lake

49.3

06 29 09

Panther Lake

46.7

02 28 06

Lake Twenty-Two

44.1

27 30 08

Serene Lake (South County)

42.3

34 28 04

Crystal Lake

39.1

36 27 05

Sunday Lake

38.7

26 32 04

Sunset Lake

38.4

21 27 11

Fontal Lake

37.2

22 27 07

Silver Lake (East County)

36.9

28 29 11

Crabapple Lake

36.3

34 31 04

Hanson Slough (Snohomish River)

35.0

24 28 05

Upper Twin Lake (USN Reservation)

33.9

07 31 07

Cochran Lake

33.6

16 28 07

Pear Lake

33.0

32 28 13

Lower Twin Lake (USN Reservation)

31.7

07 31 07

Lake Armstrong

30.7

26 32 05

Riley Lake

30.0

19 32 07

Janus Lake

29.0

14 27 13

Tomtit Lake

27.9

21 27 08

Dagger Lake

27.7

21 27 08

Helena Lake

27.5

31 31 10

Lake Ketchum

27.4

06 & 07 32 04

Howard Lake

27.1

20 31 04

Stickney Lake (South County)

25.7

35 28 04

East Boardman Lake

24.7

09 29 09

Box Mtn. Lakes (Lower)

24.6

35 32 12

Echo Lake (No. of Sultan)

24.6

21 29 08

Twin Lakes (Lower-near Index)

24.5

03 28 11

Little Lake

23.4

26 32 06

Kelcema Lake

23.2

01 30 09

Chain Lake

22.8

24 28 06

Peek-a-Boo Lake

22.4

35 31 10

Blue Lake

22.0

24 29 13 and 19 & 30 29 14

Boulder Lake

21.7

05 28 10

Indigo Lake

21.7

31 32 12

Canyon Lake

21.3

21 32 15

Unnamed Lake (Milk Lake-1g)

21.1

01 31 12

Crystal Lake

20.8

06 31 12

Rivord Lake

20.8

36 32 12

Wagner Lake

20.6

29 28 07

Woods Lake

20.5

12 28 07

Weallup Lake

20.4

04 30 04

Bryant Lake

20.2

27 32 05

Hughes Lake

20.2

27 29 07

Kellogg Lake

20.2

22 28 08

Purdy Creek

20.0

15 29 07

Ponds (No.) Ruggs Lake

11.0

28 05 29

Lake Connor

9.0

09 29 06

With approval of the director of public works or his/her designee, lakeshore property associations may use internal combustion motors for the sole purpose of noxious aquatic weed removal activities on the following lakes:

Lake

Location

Sunday Lake

26 32 04

Noxious aquatic weed removal activities allowed under this section shall be targeted at aquatic plants included on the state noxious weed list in chapter 16-750 WAC and shall be limited to the extent practicable to avoid significantly impacting lake water quality, natural vegetation, and other lakeshore property. The maximum speed of any motorboat used for noxious aquatic weed removal activities shall be eight miles per hour. A lakeshore property association is responsible for complying with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations including permit requirements applicable to noxious aquatic weed removal activities. A lakeshore property association must apply each calendar year to the director of public works for approval of the use of internal combustion motors for noxious aquatic weed removal activities.

City, County, State or other government agencies may use internal combustion motors on lakes where internal combustion motors are otherwise prohibited, for the purpose of search and rescue, law enforcement, or rehabilitation.

(Added Res. June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 85-039, May 8, 1985; Ord. 84-160, § 1, Jan. 28, 1985; Ord. 82-099, § 2, Sept. 24, 1982; Ord. 94-026 § 3, March 30, 1994; Amended Ord. 97-012, § 2, April 2, 1997, Eff date April 13, 1997; Amended by Ord. 12-043, July 11, 2012, Eff date July 28, 2012; Amended by Ord. 16-025, June 1, 2016, Eff date June 16, 2016).

12.08.040 Motorboats prohibited on certain lakes

Due to the inadequate flow and other factors including use of waters as a public water supply, wherein pollution is aggravated by internal combustion motor discharge or sedimentation from lake bottoms is unduly disturbed by motor-driven propellers, and a small size, shallow depth or configuration of the lake renders the use of motorboats hazardous, it is unlawful to operate motorboats on the following Snohomish county lakes:

Lake

Acreage

Location

Loma Lake

21.1

35 31 04

City, County, State or other Government agencies may use motorboats on lakes where motor boats are otherwise prohibited for the purpose of search and rescue, law enforcement, or rehabilitation.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975).

12.08.045 Sailboats - mast height restriction in certain areas.

Due to the shallow depth, fluctuating water level and presence of overhead electrical transmission lines, it is unlawful to operate sailboats having a mast height exceeding eighteen (18) feet above water level upon the following water body: that portion of the floodplain of Ebey Slough located South and East of the Ebey Slough channel and between Home Acres Road and Fobes Road.

(Added Ord 07-143, Jan. 16, 2008, Eff date July 1, 2008)

12.08.050 Regulations, restrictions and prohibitions.

The council may enact comprehensive restrictions for any given lake to supplement the general restrictions imposed by this chapter. Lake-specific restrictions may impose water use restrictions in specific areas and during specific hours for a given use in order to provide for the safety of water users and freedom from undue interference from conflicting uses.

(Res. adopted June 30, 1975; Amended Ord. 99-098, § 2, Dec. 8, 1999, Eff date Dec. 20, 1999).