The ice is out on Chebacco Lake and the boat ramp is open – prompting a safety reminder from the Hamilton Police Department.
Chief Russell Stevens said that he has already seen an increase in boat traffic on the lake during weekends this spring and he expects it to get busier as the weather gets warmer.
“I would like to remind boaters to utilize safe practices while operating their watercrafts and follow the rules of the lake,” Stevens said. “It is also important that boat operators are mindful of their wakes as well as how close they are operating to the shoreline.”
Some other safety tips:
- Personal watercraft (jetskis) are banned on Chebacco Lake.
- The suggested traffic pattern around the lake is counterclockwise to reduce the possibility of a collision.
- Follow state boating laws, which require a waterskiing spotter 12-year-old or older and requires boaters age 13 and under to wear a PFD. The complete Massachusetts boating laws are available on the state website.
The Chebacco Lake boat ramp is off Chebacco Lake in Hamilton, just past the former town beach near the town line with Manchester-by-the-Sea. In addition to a ramp, there is parking for 17 vehicles with trailers. It is managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The lake is half in Hamilton and half in Essex. The lake is 209-acres in size and varies in depth from 9-22 feet. It is popular for boating, swimming, waterskiing and fishing.
In case of an emergency, always call 911. To reach the Hamilton harbormaster, call 978-468-4421. In Essex, to reach the harbormaster call 978-768-6628.