Boating & Guidelines
Lake Surprise is currently unavailable for boating while a new dam is under construction.
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Article II, Section 4(a) of the Union County Public Safety Code states:
No person shall use or operate a boat, canoe, or raft in any park waters without first having obtained a permit from the Director of Parks & Community Renewal, except for those provided by the County of Union. All boats used under a permit shall be plainly marked with a permit number, and no permit shall be issued for boats that cannot be properly stored or removed from County property when not in use. Boating permits are issued only upon completion of application and payment of all applicable fees.
1. NO MOTORIZED OR INFLATABLE BOATS ARE PERMITTED.
2. Boating permits are not valid for use in Warinanco and Echo Lake parks. Boating is permitted in all other Union County Park waterways at the risk of the permit holder.
3. Boating shall be restricted to daylight hours only (i.e. dawn to dusk).
4. As the County of Union does not provide launching ramps with direct vehicle access, all boats must be hand-carried to the water and vehicles must remain in parking areas. Please be mindful to ensure your route of entry is across County property.
5. Capacity of all boats registered under a Union County boating permit is not to exceed that recommended in the “U. S. Coast Guard Capacity Information Plate”. For boats with no capacity plate, use the following formula to determine the number of persons (average weight – 150 lbs. per person) that it can safely carry in good weather conditions:
Number of people = Length x width (of boat) 15
6. No person shall operate any vessel in or on the waters of the County of Union unless such vessel has a U. S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board. Such PFD’s shall be of the type(s) and number(s) required by the U. S. Coast Guard for that class vessel, however, children are required to wear a PFD of at least Type II buoyancy at all times.
7. Article VI, Section 7(d) of the Union County Public Safety Code states: No person shall throw or deposit any litter or beverage containers in any sewer, fountain, pond, lake, stream or other body of water on property owned, maintained or otherwise under the control of the County of Union.
8. Article VI, Section 11(c) of the Union County Public Safety Code states: No person shall bathe, wade, or swim in park waters except at such times and in such places as designated by the Director of the Department of Parks & Community Renewal, and unless covered with an appropriate bathing suit so as to prevent indecent exposure.
9. No person shall stand up in any boat, or sit with any part of the body outside of the boat.
10. No person shall operate any boat in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person, or cause injury to plant or animal life (i.e. rocking, splashing, operating a boat near a dam or in an enclosed conduit, or disturbing the movements of waterfowl, etc.).
11. Article II, Section 3(a) of the Union County Public Safety Code states: It shall be unlawful for any person to fish in any of the park waters unless he has complied with all the requirements of Title 23 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey. Section 3(b) further states: No person shall kill, wound, discharge, or throw missiles at any fish in such waters, or place therein any piscivorous fish, poison, or any substance injurious to fish.
12. No person shall operate any boat while under the influence of alcohol or any such intoxicating substance.
13. Any boating accident involving injury to a person or property must be reported without delay to the Union County Police Department at (908) 654-9800.
14. Boating permits are not transferable. A separate boating permit must be purchased for each boat intended for use in the Union County Park System, and each vessel must display identification numbers and validation decals as follows:
a. The identification number awarded to any vessel under the COUNTY OF UNION numbering system shall be displayed thereon by being:
- Painted on or permanently attached to each side of the vessel at mid-ships (i.e. the middle of the boat) read left to right; positioned as to provide maximum visibility.
- In block letters of good proportion not less than three (3) inches in height, and of a color which will contrast with the color of the background (i.e. dark numbers on a light background, or light numbers on a dark background) and so maintained as to be clearly visible and legible.
b. The validation decal shall be placed three (3) inches aft (to the rear) of the on each side of the vessel.
15. Union County boating permits are valid for the lifetime of the vessel, or until it is sold or given away. When the ownership is transferred, it is the responsibility of the seller to remove or destroy the identification numbers and validation decals, and that of the buyer to apply for a new Union County boating permit if needed.
16. Vessels registered under a Union County boating permit may be used by any responsible individual as assigned by the owner, however, the corresponding permit for said vessel must be in the possession of that operator during use.
17. All boats registered under a Union County boating permit are subject to periodic safety inspection to determine compliance with all the aforementioned rules and regulations.
18. All boating permits are issued at the sole discretion of the Director of the County of Union, New Jersey, Department of Parks & Community Renewal and may be revoked at any time by a duly authorized person from the Department of Parks & Community Renewal of Union County.
HOLD HARMLESS – Patrons of any Union County park and/or open space facility(ies) recognize the risks inherent in the use of said park and/or facility(ies). Other than acts on the part of the County which, if proven in an appropriate court of law, are tantamount to gross negligence, Patrons hereby agree to hold the County harmless from any and all damage resulting to person and/or property from the use of its park and/or open space facilities and hereby releases, waives and forever discharges the County , its servants, agents and/or employees from any and all such claims.