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pikehunter78

Water Ski Slalom Buoys

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Hey everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone has any input, or possibly legal insight into this topic:

My brother-in-law and I were fishing an area lake that he lives on this past week. For as long as he's lived there, someone has set up a water ski slalom course across the lake, pretty much right over a good weedline. For the past few years it's only been ten buoys or so in a straight line, but this year it's grown twice as long and it spans the entrance to two smaller bays right in the area you'd position your boat to cast towards shore for bass, etc. Furthermore, my brother-in-law says that they are out all year but he rarely sees them being used.

My question is what are the rights of one person to put these out and leave them there. It's public water and it seems to me that the owner of these buoys is staking a claim to a long piece of it by leaving the buoys out all summer. We constantly had to maneuver around them to get in good casting positions, and again later while trolling.

I guess they could be considered temporary because they can be removed but the owner does not remove them the entire season.

Has anyone else ever had any other experiences with something like this. Is there a legal right to set these up and leave them there?

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Sounds like a question your brother-in-law should be asking the DNR himself (for facts). You won't get anything other than opinions here.

It doesn't sound right. I wouldn't expect my marker bouy to remain around if I left it unattended... grin.gif

Let us know what you find out.

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I wouldn't expect my marker bouy to remain around if I left it unattended...


Thats exactly what I was thinking also, I think I would have a few extra in my boat if I was on the lake, I would have recomended friends where they could have found free markers also grin.gif . The Co would be the one to ask, you may get some interesting answers here, but the only correct one will be from a CO

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Yeah, I think I will be contacting the DNR about it, if nothing else than to settle my own curiosity. Just wondering if anyone else may have already dealt with a similar situation since I do see them on a few lakes around here.

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Look out, next comes the ski jump! grin.gif

I find that a little odd. Water Ski Slalom Buoys are set up in two parallel lines with the buoys staggered. The boat goes down the middle and the skier goes back and forth trying to go around the buoys .

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Basically they need a permit to keep them there between sunset and sunrise, they also need a number clearly on each of them and the also must be lighted or relectorized.

See page 45 here:

DNR Boating Guide

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String some 4 pin barbed wire between them. I'd predict the "need" for the bouys would come to a screeching halt smile.gif

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Great info!

I will pass this along to my bro-in-law. The buoys in question have no permit number or lights of any fashion. And I don't know water skiing but these are all set up in a straight line... not sure why. Thanks again.

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what lake is this?

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They used 2 be on Cannon lake alot, I'm almost willilng 2 bet its a club or sumthin and they probly had 2 buy a license. That would be my guess, not sure though... smirk.gif

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Cedar Lake (Scott Co).

And to clarify it's not just one straight line of them- it's two parallel lines, they're set in pairs about 10 feet apart, they're not staggered, however. They are definitely ski buoys though, because I've seen them been used. Not very often though. They're out all summer, they don't move from May to October and they're out 24 hours a day.

I'm not trying to offend any skiers out there, they have just as much right to the water as fisherman. But these cover an obnoxiously wide area and are only used a handful of times a season. If they indeed don't have a permit, I think most would consider it an abuse of privilege. I know there's no number on them and they are not lighted.

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Yup, I agree, dont worry I'm not a skier

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I'm srue they wouldn't mind if you moved them so you could fish the weedline!

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