Lake Usage/Boating Regulations
Pursuant to 310 CMR 22.00 Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations and the authority of Section 160 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, for the sanitary protection of the waters of Lake Cochichewick used by the Town of North Andover as a source of water supply, Chapter 146 of the Town By-laws, and in accordance with the policy adopted by the Board of Selectmen on May 20, 2002, permission is hereby given, unless revoked by the Division of Public Works, to the person named on the Lake Usage permit residing in North Andover, household member or guest (provided that the guest is accompanied by the permit holder or a member of the permit holder’s household), to boat as noted on the Lake Usage permit in and upon the
waters of Lake Cochichewick subject to the following conditions to which he/she subscribes by their Application:
No fishing is to be done under this Lake Usage permit unless the holder also possesses a valid State Fishing or Sporting License as required by Chapter 131 of the General Laws.
Certain watercrafts are allowed and must be designed to be manually propelled by oars or paddles. Rowing shells, johnboats, dinghies, rowboats, canoes and kayaks are acceptable as long as the occupants are isolated from contact with the lake. Boats must not have any thru-holes (e.g. self-bailers) that would allow contact between the occupants and the lake water. Electric motors are acceptable as an alternate form of propulsion. The maximum length of a motorized craft is 15 feet. Inflatable boats, windsurfers and seaplanes are not allowed. No domestic animals are allowed to be in boats, on the ice, or in the water at any time.
All gasoline or diesel powered engines, containers that transport any type of gasoline and diesel fuel, or anything that uses such fuels, such as, but not limited to: boats, snowmobiles, ice augers, generators, stoves or lamps, are prohibited from use on Lake Cochichewick and its tributaries unless otherwise authorized by the Division of Public Works for lake monitoring and/or safety/emergency procedures.
All boats, anchors, anchor ropes or chains and motors must be free of foreign or exotic vegetation or animals prior to launching. The backing of trailers into lake waters as well as the overnight storage of trailers along the shores of the Lake is prohibited.
No cans, bottles, boxes, fish, food, animal or vegetable matter, spittle, or any other matter tending to pollute the water shall be thrown into the water of said lake, or left upon shores of said lake. All supplies and debris that is carried in should be carried off.
No firearms or explosives shall be used while on the waters or shores of the Lake .
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
All laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or conditions now and hereafter made by the Town of North Andover relative to the waters or the watershed of the Lake shall be observed.
The permit shall be exhibited to any officer of the law or authorized employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the Town of North Andover .
No boating or fishing shall be done in or upon that portion of the Lake within one-half mile of the intake of North Andover Treatment Plant. Passage of boats through the restricted area for the Treatment Plant must be made within fifty feet of the opposite shore.
No person shall swim, wade, bathe, or cause or allow any animal to go into or upon Lake Cochichewick or tributaries thereto.
Boating permits are valid only from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
A person may have their boating permit revoked for a Massachusetts fishing violation or violation of these rules and regulations. The permit fee will be forfeited.
Access is allowed to the North Pumping Station for residents to park vehicles displaying a boat access parking permit. The lot is for parking only; vehicle access to the boat ramp is not permitted or allowed. The cost of the boat access parking permit is set at $50 per year. The number of spaces will be limited to five regular spaces. An additional number of spaces may be available by special permit granted by the Board of Selectmen in advance. Any vehicles parked at North Pumping Station, whether in the regular spaces or the special permit spaces, must display a boat access parking permit.
ANNUAL FEES: Lake Usage permit (first boat): $25.00
Each additional boat $10.00
Boat access North Pumping station parking permit: $50.00
RULES OF ACCESS TO THE SITE AT THE "OLD NORTH PUMP STATION"
1. Parking is restricted to those who possess a valid Town of North Andover boat access parking permit.
2. This site is for launching boats (without trailers) only. No other activity is allowed on this site (no fishing from shore, no loitering, no unauthorized parking, no picnicking, etc.).
3. Parking is limited to no more that 5 vehicles at one time unless special permit is obtained.
4. Parking is restricted to the designated area.
5. Under no circumstances will any vehicle be parked within twenty five feet of the lake’s normal high water mark.
6. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.
7. No vehicles or trailers allowed on ramp; all boats must be carried in.
8. No person shall possess or consume alcoholic beverages on Town property.
9. Vehicles found to be leaking any type of fluid (fuel, oil, antifreeze, etc.) will be towed.
10. No animals allowed on premises.
11. This is a public water supply. No swimming, bathing or wading. No person or animal may come in contact with the water.
12. No person shall drain or dump any refuse or waste of any kind from any boat, trailer or other vehicle.
13. No person shall engage in any activity in a reckless or heedless manner or in such a manner as may cause or tend to cause fear, discomfort or injury to any person, wildlife, property or vegetation.
14. Any person may be denied admittance to and/or suspended from any town property for a period of time to be recommended by the Board of Selectmen for violating any law, rule or regulation including failing to comply with any reasonable request of any duly authorized employee of the town.
Per order of North Andover Board of Selectmen
Lake Cochichewick is North Andover's only drinking water supply, and everything possible should be done to protect it as much as possible.
Enforcement of Laws/Rules/Regulations regarding Lake Cochichewic
The following procedures are being implemented to address new and existing laws, rules and regulations regarding Lake Cochichewick . Some of the violations are criminal and others are non-criminal. Each officer will be issued a ticket book (similar to a parking ticket book) to address the non-criminal violations. Unless otherwise specified all non-criminal fines are $50.00
A. Hours of access to the lake are dawn to dusk. For our purposes no one is allowed on the lake from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise. The communications center monitors a weather station which posts daily times for sunrise and sunset.
Violation: non-criminal $50.00 fine
B. Fishing. Fishing from shore is allowed with a valid Massachusetts fishing license.
Violation: criminal MGL C. 131 S. 11B
C. Boating Permits. Any boat on the lake must have affixed a permit issued by the DPW. If the boater is also fishing, they must possess a valid Massachusetts fishing license. Boat permits are issued to residents only.
Violation for non-permitted boat: non-criminal $50.00 fine
D. Size and type of craft. The following is a list of craft as written in the regulation:
“Certain watercrafts are allowed and must be designed to be manually propelled by oars or paddles. Rowing shells, johnboats, dinghies, rowboats, canoes and kayaks are acceptable as long as the occupants are isolated from contact with the lake. Boats must not have any thru-holes (e.g. self-bailers) that would allow contact between the occupants and the lake water. Electric motors are acceptable as an alternate form of propulsion. The maximum length of a motorized craft is 15 feet. Inflatable boats, windsurfers and seaplanes are not allowed. No domestic animals are allowed to be in boats, on the ice, or in the water at any time.”
Violation: non-criminal $50.00 fine
Violation of town by-law C. 130 S. 1, non-criminal. Fine $200.00
F. Gasoline engines. No gas engines of any type are allowed on the lake.
Violation of town by-law C. 146 S. 1, non-criminal. Fine $50.00
G. North Pumping Station. See the attached memo dated March 25, 2002 regarding use of the north pumping station. This site is open to residents who possess a valid parking permit. A list of authorized vehicles is posted in the OIC office.
· Each permitted vehicle will have a parking sticker on the vehicle. (not yet issued as of 6-25-02 )
· The site is for those permitted vehicles only, no more than 5 vehicles at one time unless a special permit is obtained.
· The site is for launching boats (without trailers) only. Wading in the Lake is prohibited as is any other activity on the site.
· Since the lake is closed from dusk to dawn we may logically extend that to the parking lot since no activity except launching boats is allowed there.
H. Public Drinking.
Violation of town by-law C. 141 S. 3. Fine $50.00 (if under age use criminal process).
I. Swimming in lake.
Violation of town by-law, non-criminal $50.00 fine, or criminal MGL C. 111 S. 171
Boaters are issued a copy of the rules at the time they purchase the permit. All incidents of this nature shall be logged and include the violator’s name and what action was taken (verbal warning, non-criminal issued, vehicle ticketed, tow, etc.).