Enjoying Walloon Lake for swimming, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and other activities is a highlight of summer. It’s important to follow laws and rules regarding the operation of watercrafts and to show courtesy to other lake users. Click here for a copy of our 2020 Safety Brochure.

Below are a few key safety guidelines on Walloon Lake:

  • Safety ChartNavigational buoys are installed in three places on Walloon Lake by the WLAC.
  • Safe boating courses are required for minors and recommended for every boater. Online courses are available by visiting Boat Michigan Course or The Michigan Boater Education Course.
  • If you witness unsafe behavior, high speeds, or impaired driving, please contact marine patrol by calling 911 and tell them you have an emergency on Walloon Lake. You will be connected with the appropriate party.


More and more powerful wakeboats are becoming common on Walloon. While these boats can provide recreational enjoyment, they can also create erosion of our shorelines. Please help protect the lake by using wakeboats at least 100 feet from nearby shorelines and docks.

If you witness unsafe boating or see erosion as a result of wakeboats, please contact the Michigan DNR at 1-800-292-7800. The DNR is examining this issue to determine how to protect our waterways; you should reach a person 24/7 at this number.


We acknowledge the many concerns expressed to us each season as it pertains to boating safety and nuisance activities like excessively loud noise and boating too close to docks and the shoreline. Please be assured that we are doing our best to understand our ability to take action as well as our limitations.

But because we don’t have all the answers, we are asking you for your help to make boating safer and more enjoyable for everyone on Walloon Lake.


  1. Report offensive boating activity by completing this form. Your reports will be shared directly with Emmet and Charlevoix County Marine Patrol.


  1. Submit your ideas to make lake life safer and more enjoyable here.