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Boat ramp traffic jams can be prevented if everyone practices common courtesy at the ramp. Be sure you observe these simple courtesies.

  • Prepare your boat for launching or for the drive home well away from the ramp.
  • Never block a ramp with an unattended boat or vehicle. Move the boat away from the launch lane immediately after removing it from the trailer. Return briefly to pick up the vehicle driver once he or she has parked the vehicle and is back at the ramp.
  • When retrieving, do not pull your boat into a launch lane until the towing vehicle is at the ramp. The line is formed by vehicles with trailers, not by boats in the water. Drop off the vehicle driver, and wait offshore and clear of the ramp until he or she arrives with the trailer.
Two people launching or retrieving a boat
Use at least two experienced people to launch and retrieve your boat—one to drive the towing vehicle and one to operate the boat. If launching and retrieving by yourself, it is recommended to place wheel chocks behind the wheels of the towing vehicle.