Children 12 and younger may not operate a boat powered by more than 10 horsepower except under the direct and audible supervision of a parent, guardian or other person 17 or older.
Operation of a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. Arkansas law, pursuant to alcoholic beverages and open containers, apply to boats, as well as motor vehicles. The Bella Vista lakes have a zero tolerance policy regarding alcoholic beverages.
Operation at such a rate of speed as to create hazardous wake or wash upon approaching or passing vessels is prohibited. Operation at a speed exceeding 5 mph “idle speed” within 100 feet of a designated recreation area, dock, pier, raft, float, boat, dam intake structure or other obstruction is prohibited.
Children 12 and younger must wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while aboard a boat. The only exception is when they are within the railings of a party barge while these boats are not under way. Once these boats are under way, children must wear a Type I, II, III or V PFD.
A person being towed on water skis, aquaplanes or similar devices must wear a Type I, II, III or V PFD. Boats towing persons on water skis or similar devices must have, in addition to the driver, an observer at least 12 or older or a wide angle convex marine mirror to observe the person being towed.
Operation of any vessel, water skis or similar devices in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person is prohibited.
For lakes information, contact the Lakes Department at (479) 855-5067 or (479) 855-5060.
To report violations or request a lake ranger, call (479) 855-3771.
After hours, contact the Bella Vista Police Department at (479) 855-3771 or (479) 855-8030.
To report any Arkansas Game and Fish Commission violations, call (800) 482-9262 or the Bella Vista Police Department at (479) 855-3771 or (479) 855-8030.
Thank you for helping to preserve our lakes and acting in a courteous and responsible manner toward fellow property owners and their guests.