--- June , 2017
The Lake Havasu Marine Association is dedicated to the promotion of safe and pleasurable boating for all. However, what is usually a highly anticipated renewal of on-the-water fun and recreation along the lower Colorado River, has been marred by an inordinate number of serious boating accidents and incidents since early May.

Some of the accidents have been appropriately reported and are under investigation by law enforcement to determine contributing factors and cause.  Others have slipped through the cracks, remaining largely unreported except for discussions on social media boating forums.
The Lake Havasu Marine Association, recipient of the prestigious Hollister Award in 2013 from the Western States Boating Administrator Association for its contribution to the promotion of safe boating and education is compelled to speak-out in the wake of recent tragic occurrences. It appears obvious that everyone involved in the marine industry needs to seriously pause, reflect and then take action to curtail this recent spike in unfortunate incidents occurring on our local waterways.  Here’s what we do know.

  • Excessive speed and unsafe overtaking and passing have been a major contributing factor in a number of these recent cases. High performance boat drivers have been reported taking unnecessary chances, passing too close to slower boats, running in pack formations with other performance boats and operating at excessively high speeds on narrow waterways with alarming frequency. This needs to stop. Racing should be confined to organized races, not while pleasure boating with other recreational boaters.
  • Boating while intoxicated is against the law. It should never be tolerated. In 2012, the Lake Havasu Marine Association created and implemented a successful Designated Operator campaign designed to minimize as many impaired boat drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs as possible. Designated Operator is simple, just designate one person in your boating party to remain sober for the day, being responsible for driving the boat. It doesn’t mean alcohol isn’t allowed on your boat, it just asks that one person, for that one day, remain sober and in control for the safety of your passengers and fellow boaters.
  • Wear your personal flotation device, especially if you think you’re going to rev-it-up and push your lake rocket to maximum speed. The law specifies that children of specific ages must wear approved flotation devices at all times when onboard, adults don’t have to, but if there’s ever a doubt that a situation might end better with a PFD on, wear it.
  • Every boat should be equipped with a safety lanyard which instantly stops the engine when pulled.  However, the lanyard is useless unless you securely attach it to the driver.  Get in the habit, don’t start your engine until that lanyard is attached. Also, taking an approved boating safety course is a good way of reinforcing all safe boating practices.
  • Never drive over your head. High speeds and limited talent at the helm are a recipe for disaster. If you have relatively few on-the-water hours behind the wheel of your boat, take it easy, don’t push your limits. Experience and boat driving proficiency take time to master.  Don’t try to learn it all in one afternoon. 
  • Giant wake producing wakeboard and wake-surf boats aren’t making a lot of friends with mainstream recreational boaters.  When your wakesport boat is in its extreme wake-making-mode, please be considerate of other boaters.  Wakes do have consequences.

It is not the intent of the Lake Havasu Marine Association to limit, minimize or restrict recreational boating on Lake Havasu or any other body of water, only to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible. 
Our motto remains, “Freedom to Boat – but with freedom comes responsibility, for those who are on our boat and for those who we share the Lake Havasu boating experience with us. We all need to be responsible.”
Thank you for your support and cooperation. - Jim Salscheider, President & CEO

Sticker a Mussel
SCORECARD
Lake Havasu Report
Total for May
YTD
Running Total - 50 months
# Trailers Stickered

700

2212

25856
From California
347

931

12977
From other States

88

222

2252
From Canada

0

6
136
From Nevada
18
28
308
LAKE HAVASU (only)
May 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
434
1545
22727
From California
182
626
11267
From Other States (not AZ, CA, NV)
74
207
2089
From Canada
0
6
78
From Nevada
18
28
227
Parker Strip (only)
May 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
155
168
1115
From California
92
98
683
From other States
9
9
47
From Canada
0
0
1
BLM PARKER, AZ (only)
May 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
0
0
340
From California
0
0
214
From Other States
0
0
17
From Canada
0
0
0
YUMA, AZ
May 2017
YTD
Running Total
# Trailers Stickered
111
486
1399
From California
73
222
642
From Other States
0
11
90
From Canada
0
0
0
Need a sticker? List of "stickerers" on our web site www.lhmarineassn.com

Trending 1:

A couple of important trends from the May 2017 “Sticker A Mussel” scorecard (see above) have emerged.  First, California boaters have returned in large numbers to Lake Havasu as expected.  Approximately 50% of the “sticker” contacts made in May were with boaters from California.  Secondly, boater numbers from Nevada are also up significantly in May in spite of rising water levels and improved boating conditions at Lake Mead. Overall, it is anticipated that recreational boating traffic on Lake Havasu, and the lower Colorado River in general, will increase for the remainder of 2017 boating season.

 

 

Trending 2:

Based largely upon boat quarantine data recently shared by Dominique Norton, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Habitat Conservation Planning Branch, the LHMA has determined that anchors and anchor lines/rope need enhanced focus in the fight to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species resulting from the lower Colorado River.

In less than 60 days a billboard campaign was created and implemented addressing the need for boaters to thoroughly clean and dry anchors and anchor lines/ropes after every use. Ten 4’ x 6’ billboards were initially produced and distributed to key launch ramps and boating resorts/campgrounds along the Arizona side of the Colorado River from Needles to BlueWater Resort in Parker.

Ten more billboards are in production and will be distributed prior to July 4th.  With the cooperation of the Bureau of Land Management, these sign boards will be installed at BLM concessionaire resort/campground properties on the California side of the River.

Seen here in the photo with the new billboard is Erin Raney, Arizona Game & Fish Aquatic Invasive Coordinator at Campbell Cove One-Stop, the busiest retail store, deli and gas station for boaters in Lake Havasu.

Trending 3:

Anchor follow-up – Our on-going effort to label the next factory production run of Slide Anchors (box style anchors) is progressing on schedule. We are presently testing the adhesion properties of the glue to secure the metal education label (“Don’t Move a Mussel”) to the anchor.  Initial testing for longevity and durability by both the LHMA and the glue provider is producing good results. Similar testing is also being conducted on a ‘shore spike’ which has withstood being driven and removed over 50 times into sandy/rocky beach terrain. It is anticipated that labeled anchors will be available to boaters before the end of 2017.

 

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Lake Havasu Marine Association
1642 McCulloch Blvd #173 • Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
President & CEO: Jim Salscheider • Cell: 928-208-2442 • E-Mail: Jims@lhmarineassn.comwww.lhmarineassn.com
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