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CAN YOU HAVE RESTRICTED MOTOR ON A LAKE THAT HAS AN ENGINE POWER RESTRICTION AS LONG AS YOU DON'T RUN IT?

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Nathan asks:
"I want to use my big boat that has a 60 HP main motor on a lake that is restricted to 9.9 HP motors. My kicker motor is a 6 HP motor. Can I use my boat on this restricted lake if I only run my 6 HP motor?"

Thanks for the question, Nathan. This is a very good question, and one that I have wondered myself but have never took the time to research an answer.

 

I also have an interest in this since I too have a boat that I would like to use in certain lakes if I am allowed.

 

It is time for a little research!

BC lake engine size restriction

The first place I looked was the fresh water fishing synopsis in search of an answer. As I went over the information on "engine power restrictions"  in the synopsis I began to believe that maybe you can have the bigger motor as long as you don't run it, but it was still a little unclear to me. I ran the information by my wife and she was on the opposite side of the interpretation believing that it meant that you can not have the motor on a restricted lake, period.

While looking at the synopsis I noticed a note that said "most boating regulations are the responsibility of Government of Canada, Marine Transportation. They are published here as a courtesy to anglers but, due to space limitations, may not be complete."

After reading that, I decided to ask the question to both Transport Canada Marine Safety, and also the Fish and Wildlife Branch.

The responses left no grey areas.