The optimum number of boats on a lake is impacted by a number of factors. Too many boats on a lake can impact safety and can reduce people's enjoyment.


Boating density refers to the number of acres of the lake required per boat.


The number of acres per boat varies. A simple canoe or kayak may need only 1 to 8 acres while a powerboat with waterskiing may need up to 40 acres.



(1) type of boats

(2) usable lake area


boating density adjustment equation =

= 10 + (5 * (decimal fraction of boats that are high-speed))



• A high speed boat may be a personal water craft or a powerboat with an engine greater than 25 horsepower.


optimum number of boats =

= (usable lake area in acres) / (optimum boating density)


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