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Lakes and Ponds Rulemaking

For lake reclassification petitions, please visit the reclassifiaction webpage

Current Petitions

Vermont Use of Public Waters Rules
Proposed Change to § 3 for Managing Wake Boats and Their Activities on Vermont Lakes and Ponds
Filed On: March 9, 2022
Filed By: Responsible Wakes for Vermont Lakes
Purpose: The petition proposes to manage and regulate the operation of wake boats and their use in the activities of wakesurfing and wakeboarding on Vermont lakes and ponds.
More information is available on the Secretary of State Rulemaking Page

Rulemaking Schedule for Proposed Change to § 3 for Managing Wake Boats and Their Activities on Vermont Lakes and Ponds

Activity Date
Applied to Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR) May 24, 2023

Received Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR) Approval

June 12, 2023      

Filed Proposed Rule with Secretary of State

Secretary of State Rules Portal

June 21, 2023
Public Notice Posted Online By Secretary of State June 28, 2023
Newspaper Notice Published By Secretary of State online: June 28, 2023  print: July 6, 2023

Public Hearing*

Due to flood impacts, the in-person meeting has been

moved from Montpelier to Richmond. If you signed up

to speak in Montpelier, you will be automatically be signed

up to speak in Richmond. If you can no longer make the

new location, please email 

There are two opportunities to attend a public hearing: in-person and virtual. To make a comment at one of the meetings, you must sign up ahead of time.

  • In-Person Only Public Hearing  (Please note change of venue!!!)
  • Virtual Only Public Hearing
  • There will be 60 speaking slots per meeting. Please only sign-up to speak at one meeting. 

*Written comments will be accepted and given the same consideration as verbal comments.  

Public Comments Due

Written comments may be submitted via email to  please use the subject line "wake boats"

August 10, 2023,  4:30pm
Filed Final Rule with Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR) January 4, 2024

LCAR meeting

February 1, 2024 at 8am


February 8, 2024 at 8am

*Information on LCAR meeting available on the LCAR webpage

Filed final 'adopted rule' with Secretary of State  
Rule effective date  

Final Rule Documents Submitted to LCAR

*Note that the LCAR filing was corrected on 1/5/24 to correct an editorial oversight in Section 5.16.

*Note that the LCAR filing was updated again on 1/22/2024 to address editorial suggestions and based on a GIS review that resulted in wakesport eligible waterbodies to be reduced from 31 to 30. Additional updates were made on 2/5/2024 to address concerns from the LCAR hearing on 2/01/2024.

Maps Identifying Wakesport Zones on Wakesport Eligible Lakes

Draft Rule Documents for Public Comment Period

Proposed Draft Rule annotated text

Proposed Draft Rule clean text

Interagency Committee on Administrative Rules (ICAR) minutes

APA Filing Forms

Presentation from the August 1 and August 3 Public Hearings

Pre-Rulemaking Documents and Information