Warm weather is here! With rising temperatures, more lake residents will take the opportunity to enjoy the water. If you choose to use swim buoys this season, there are some important rules to keep in mind.
Only the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is authorized to place regulatory, navigational buoys on public waters. All other buoys, per ALEA’s guidance, must adhere to the following:
- They must be located no farther than 50 feet from the shoreline or 25 feet from an APC-permitted boat dock/structure.
- They must not interfere with the legal flow of boat traffic.
- They are not allowed to have the appearance of a state-enforced regulatory marker.
Any buoys not complying with this guidance are subject to removal by ALEA. Thank you for your cooperation.