These are excerpts from City Code Sec. 93. For more information, see complete Rules and Regulations of Lake Gladewater. Copies are available at Gladewater City Hall, 519 E. Broadway.
SECTION 93.02 BOATING REGULATIONS
- It shall be unlawful for any person operating a boat with toilet accommodations to discharge waste materials from the boat’s toilet into the waters of Lake Gladewater.
- No person may operate any boat or water craft at a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the conditions and hazards, actual and potential, then existing, including
weather and density of traffic, or greater than will permit him, in the exercise of reasonable care, to
bring the boat to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead. In the boat docking area the operator
of a boat shall control the speed of said boat as may be necessary to prevent the leaving of a wake behind
- No person may operate a boat or water craft propelled in whole or in part by a motor fueled by gas, gasoline, diesel, or naphtha, unless the same is equipped with a muffler, underwater exhaust, or other device capable of adequately muffling the sound of the motor’s exhaust. ADEQUATELY MUFFLING shall mean that the motor’s exhaust is at all times so muffled or suppressed as not to create excessive or unusual noise.
- No person shall conduct any commercial activity, such as the rental of boats and motors or the sale of baits and supplies on any property adjoining Lake Gladewater, unless such area is designated for commercial use by the City Council of the City of Gladewater. The City Manager is authorized to promulgate such rules as are necessary for the operation of all commercial enterprises adjoining Lake Gladewater. All persons operating any such commercial enterprise shall observe all such rules upon being notified thereof.
(E) No motorboat larger than a motorboat classified as “Class 1″ by Tex. Parks and Wildlife Code § 31.026 may be operated on Lake Gladewater.
- An annual fee of $20.00 shall be charged for use of city boat launching facilities by city residents and $50.00 for non-residents per water craft. Proof of residence shall be required to obtain permits at the discounted price for city residents. Day permits shall be $5.00 each.
- All operators of water craft must meet state requirements. (Ord. 85-10, passed 5-9-85; Am. Ord. 88-4, passed 6-23-88; Am. Ord. 03-08, passed 6-19-03; Am. Ord. 06-06, passed 8-17-06; Am. Ord. O-09-19, passed 10-15-09; Am. Ord. O-10-15, passed 10-21-10; Am. Ord. O-11-12, passed 8-18-11) Penalty, see § 10.99
SECTION 93.03 SKI REGULATIONS
- The ski area on Lake Gladewater starts 200 feet from the water intake tower and extends north to Phillips Spring Point, outer limits of the ski area shall extend not less than 150 feet from the end of any dock, pier or boathouse.
- Persons using the ski area may place a slalom course within the said ski area, provided that said course is adequately marked and visible to skiers.
(1) Slalom course must be located in the center of the lake, approximately an equal distance from the east and west shorelines.
(2) No more than two slalom courses will be allowed on the lake at any one time.
(3) No slalom course will be allowed on the lake during the period of October 1 through March 31.
(4) All lake rules shall be observed when utilizing said slalom course, especially the use of counterclockwise boat travel.
(5) Sole responsibility for the slalom course including maintenance, installation, removal, and safety is borne by the owner/operator of the said slalom course/equipment.
(6) Owner must obtain written permission of the City Manager, or his/her designee, before placing slalom course on the lake.
(7) The City Manager, or his/her designee, may request and cause owner to remove slalom course and equipment at any time.
- All boat traffic within the ski area shall proceed only in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Skiing shall be allowed daily from sunup to sundown seven days a week, or until such time signal is given by the City Lake Warden for clearance of the lake. The signal for clearance of the lake shall be a red light so placed that when it is activated it will be visible from the entire ski area.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, erect, or place a ski jump on Lake Gladewater.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a boat towing a person or persons on water skis, aquaplane, or similar device, unless there is at least one person in addition to the driver in the boat while towing.
- It is unlawful for any person to ski or pull behind a watercraft any recreational floating device outside the designated ski area.
- Take-off point shall be at the designated boat slip in front of the Lake Gladewater concession lagoon.
- Any person found by the Lake Warden, or his designated representative, to be in violation of any lake regulations may be denied access to Lake Gladewater. (Ord. 85-10, passed 5-9-85; Am. Ord. 88-4, passed 6-23-88; Am. Ord. 96-12, passed 8-15-96; Am. Ord. 03-08, passed 6-19-03; Am. Ord. 08-13, passed 11-20-08; Am. Ord. O-09-19, passed 10-15-09; Am. Ord. O-17-27, passed 10-19-17) Penalty, see § 10.99
SECTION 93.04 SWIMMING REGULATIONS
- No person may swim in any public launch or docking area of Lake Gladewater. Swimming is limited to the marked swim area between dam and city dock.
- Swimming within Lake Gladewater, even in areas marked as being available for public swimming, shall be at the risk of the swimmer.
- It is unlawful for glass containers to be used at the designated swim area.
- It shall be unlawful for any watercraft to enter the designated swim area, an area determined by the City Manager, or his/her designee.
(Ord. 85-10, passed 5-9-85; Am. Ord. 88-4, passed 6-23-88; Am. Ord. 03-08, passed 6-19-03; Am. Ord. O-09-19, passed 10-15-09) Penalty, see § 10.99
SECTION 93.05 ANIMAL REGULATIONS
- No animal shall be found to be roaming or in the custody of its owner on the beach at the designated swimming area of Lake Gladewater, or within 50 feet of the pavilion, picnic tables and playground areas.
- Any animal, whether or not in the custody of its owner found on the beach at the designated swimming area of Lake Gladewater, or within 50 feet of the pavilion, picnic tables and playground areas, may be impounded. (Ord. 91-5, passed 8-1-91; Am. Ord. 03-08, passed 6-19-03; Am. Ord. 07-09, passed 6-21-07) Penalty, see § 10.99
SECTION 93.07 FISHING REGULATIONS
- It shall be unlawful for any person to catch fish or any other edible aquatic produce from the waters of Lake Gladewater for pay or for the purpose of sale, barter, or exchange.
- No person shall fish within 200 feet of the City of Gladewater intake tower.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to take from Lake Gladewater any fish smaller than the legal length set by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.
- There shall be no closed season or period of time when it shall be unlawful to take, catch, or retain freshwater fish by the use of ordinary hook and line or artificial lure.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to take, catch, and retain more fish from Lake Gladewater than the limits set forth by Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.
- Trotline must conform to specifications set forth by Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.
- Any person violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 85-10, passed 5-9-85; Am. Ord. 88-4, passed 6-23-88; Am. Ord. 03-08, passed 6-19-03) Penalty, see § 10.99
SECTION 10.99 GENERAL PENALTY
A violation of any term of this Ordinance by any person is declared to be a misdemeanor, and upon adjudication of guilt, shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00