[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Green Lake County 9-17-2013 by Ord. No. 1060-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 187.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 266, Watercraft, adopted 2-20-1990 by Ord. No. 408-90, as amended.
This chapter is adopted under the authority granted by § 30.77(2), Wis. Stats.
This chapter shall be known as the "Green Lake County Watercraft Ordinance."
This chapter shall regulate the operation of all types of watercraft on any and all navigable waters lying in Green Lake County.
Pursuant to the authority granted by § 30.77, Wis. Stats., Green Lake County does hereby adopt the provisions of § 30.50 through § 30.71, Wis. Stats., and the same are by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein.
The definitions of words and phrases as they appear in § 30.50(1e) through (14), Wis. Stats., are hereby adopted and by reference are made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein.
No person shall operate a power-driven boat or watercraft faster than a "slow-no-wake" speed in an area so marked. The term "slow-no-wake speed" shall mean that speed at which a boat moves as slowly as possible while still maintaining steerage control. Slow-no-wake areas shall be so designated by notices posted.
The Sheriff or his/her designee and/or the Emergency Management Director or his/her designee shall be responsible for obtaining the water level elevations to determine the necessity for a slow-no-wake posting.
Such postings shall be made when the water level exceeds elevation of 13.0 feet as based on the bench mark located at United States Geological Survey Gauge BERW3 0473500 Latitude 43°57'14", Longitude 88°57'08", in NE 1/4 sec. 16, T.17 N., R.13 E., Green Lake County Hydrologic Unit 04030201, on left bank, 0.4 mile downstream from government dam, 1.0 mile South of Huron Street Bridge in Berlin, 2.5 miles upstream from Barnes Creek, and at mile 89.0; or when the water level exceeds elevation of 9.5 feet as based on the bench mark located at United States Geological Survey Gauge PCNW3 04073365 Latitude 43°51'04", Longitude 89°08'00", in SE 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec. 24, T.16 N., R.11 E., Green Lake County, Hydrological Unit 04030201 on right bank at upstream side of bridge on State Highway 23, at Princeton, Wisconsin.
Said slow-no-wake areas are located within the Official City boundaries of Berlin and Princeton.
The County shall place and maintain a synopsis of this chapter at all public access points within the jurisdiction of the County pursuant to the requirements of § NR 5.15, Wis. Admin. Code.
The County and affected municipalities shall coordinate a public announcement and/or news release, delivered through local media outlets.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to penalties as provided for in § 30.80 of the Wisconsin Statutes and deposits as established in the Uniform Deposit and Bail Schedule established by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference, which are hereby adopted by reference with all references therein to "fines" amended to "forfeitures" and all references to "imprisonment" deleted.
Watercraft may be operated on all navigable waters within Green Lake County in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the referenced portions of Wisconsin Statutes except for private impoundments that are not a part of public waterways, such as farm ponds and settling ponds. This section does not preclude the charging of reasonable fees for launching, docking or exiting from said navigable waterways by either riparian owners or municipalities.
Watercraft covered by this chapter include all craft normally termed as boats (rowboats, canoes, sailboats, dinghies, punts, motorboats, yachts, launches, etc.), hovercraft, airboats, inflatable boats and rafts, motorized personal watercraft, e.g., jet skis and similar craft, and any other conveyance used for water transportation.
The Green Lake County Sheriff's Office shall enforce the provisions herein. The District Attorney shall, upon receipt of a complaint from the Sheriff's Office, institute appropriate legal proceedings against alleged offenders.
The provisions of this chapter shall be deemed severable, and it is expressly declared that the Green Lake County Board would have passed the other provisions of this chapter irrespective of whether or not one or more provisions may be declared invalid. If any provision of this chapter or the application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.