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2013 Geneva Lake Boat Count down slightly

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Staff | October 2, 2013

LAKE GENEVA--The total number of boats counted on Geneva Lake during the 2013 boat count was 5,167 compared to 5,185 in 2012, a slight reduction of 18 boats, less than a one percent decrease, according to a news release from the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency/Water Safety Patrol.

The annual Geneva Lake Boat Count was conducted on August 22.  Working together, the Water Safety Patrol and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency inventories all the boats docked, moored and stored in off lake sites for “in – out” service. The boats are categorized into one of four groups, motor, sail, personal water craft—including jet skis and wave runners--and other (includes kayaks, canoes, rowboats paddle boards and miscellaneous).  

Every attempt is made to conduct the boat count on a cool, wet day, to ensure most boats are docked. This year the count was started in the morning, however storms resulted in a break in the effort with the count being finished in the afternoon of the same day.

Motorboats again accounted for the largest category at 3,209 or 62 percent of all boats. The second largest group was the “other” with 847 or 16 percent of the boats. Personal watercraft accounted for 670 crafts (13 percent) and sailboats had a count of 441 (9 percent). Of the total 5,167 boats counted this year, 535 (10 percent) were counted as stored off the lake for in-out services.

The total number of boats counted for 2013 was 5,167 compared to 5,185 in 2012, a slight reduction of 18 boats, or less than a one percent decrease. Motorboats again accounted for the largest type of boats at 3,209 boats or 62 percent of all boats. The second largest group of boats was the “other” with 847 or 16% of the boats.  Personal watercraft accounted for 670 crafts (13 percent) and sailboats had a count of 441 (9 percent). Of the total 5,167 boats counted this year, 535 (10 percent) were counted as stored off the lake for in-out services.

In the last ten years the number of bots counted in this count have wavered around 5,000 boats. The highest number of boats counted in the last ten years was 5,231 boats in 2011.  The lowest number of boats counted in the last ten years was 4,815 in 2006. 

Compared to the 2012 count, motor boats decreased 24 boats, sailboats increased 17 boats, personal watercraft increased 3 boats and “others” decreased 14 units. 

The Village of Fontana had the greatest number of boats with 2,035 total boats which includes 535 stored off the lake. The Village of Williams Bay had the second most boats with 1,111 boats including 168 boats in off lake storage. Linn South Shore had the third greatest number of boats at 1,055, followed by the City of Lake Geneva at 678 boats and Linn North Shore at 288 boats.  Only the Villages of Williams Bay and Fontana have off-lake storage that was included in this count.

Geneva Lake has a total of 112,854 feet of shoreline. Forty-eight percent of the Geneva Lake's shoreline is in the Town of Linn.  Fontana is has 19 percent and Williams Bay and Lake Geneva have 17 percent and 16 percent respectively. 

Boat density can be measured by feet of shoreline per boat. When evaluated with the inclusion of the off-lake boats that have access to the lake it gives an idea of potential boating pressure.  When evaluated with just the boats dock on the lake it represents more of an aesthetic evaluation, yet can still give an idea of potential boating pressure. The 2013 lake wide boat density of docked or moored boats on Geneva Lake, including the off water storage, is one boat every 21.8 feet of shoreline, the same as in 2012.  That number changes to one boat every 24.9 feet when off water storage is excluded.

Geneva Lake is renowned for its clear water and recreational boating. Safe and respectful boating is vital if Geneva Lake is to remain one of the popular and best recreational boating lakes in Wisconsin.




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