Boating Safety on Baboosic Lake, NH

General Info Note that these rules are the same for Personal Water Craft as boats:

Please travel in a counter clockwise direction when traveling on any watercraft around the lake. This makes it easier for all to maintain a safe and legal distance, and minimizes the chances of collision.

A few highlights from NH boating laws:

All boats must have personal flotation devices for each person onboard!

All children 12 and younger must wear a life jacket when being transported in a boat.  Link to NH law on this subject.

Navigation lights must be on and in working order both BOW AND STERN between sunset and sunrise!

All persons being towed behind a boat must wear a personal flotation devices.

An OBSERVER MUST BE ONBOARD and be at least 13 years old!

No more than two persons may be towed at a time. If two persons are being towed there must be two observers.

Persons may be towed only during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).

Please do not move or tamper with the markers around the lake they are there for your safety and others.

Important Phone Numbers:

Wildlife, Fishing, Hunting-NH Fish & Game:   271-3421

Boat Safety- Marine Patrol:   293-2037

Clean Lakes and Exotic Species- NH Dept of Environmental Services:   271-2248

Watershed/Wetlands- NHDES Wetlands Bureau:   271-2147

The Legal Requirements of Boating
Who May Operate a Vessel

A person under 16 years of age may not legally operate a vessel powered by more than 25 horsepower unless he or she is accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older who has a valid Safe Boater Education Certificate. The accompanying person is responsible for any injury or damage caused during operation of the vessel.

No one under the age of 16 years may legally operate a “ski craft” (a vessel less than 13 feet in length that is capable of exceeding 20 miles per hour and has capacity to carry no more than two persons. Examples are one and two-person jet skis).

Subject to the restrictions above, persons as shown on the table below may operate a vessel powered by more than 25 horsepower only if he or she has obtained a Safe Boater Education Certificate.

  • The certificate must be obtained by successfully completing a boating safety course or equivalency exam approved by the New Hampshire Marine Patrol or a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course of another state.
  • The certificate must be carried on board.


Remember that those required to have a Safe Boater Education Certificate must carry the certificate on board whenever they are operating a vessel powered by more than 25 horsepower.

State info on Safe Boater Certificate.