Funded entirely by private donations, KLWA has sponsored a patrol boat and Lake Patrol Officer for over 20 years. The officer monitors boating and water recreation activities on the lake, communicating safety and best practices to boaters and other watercraft operators.
T.J. Herlihy is our Lake Patrol Officer this season. T.J.’s prior experience includes seven years with the Town of Conway Police Department. He served as the community resource officer in that Town’s public schools and has broad experience in public engagement. Please say hello when you have a chance. We know you will enjoy meeting T.J.
Why Do We Need a Lake Patrol?
- Maintaining Maine State mandated “headway speed” within 200 feet of the shore line.
- Reminding boaters to have up-to-date registrations and milfoil stickers.
- Ensuring safe distances from canoes, kayaks and sailboats.
The Patrol Officer also offers assistance to boaters in trouble, working closely with State and Local officials, the Maine Warden Service, local Fire and Rescue, Kezar Lake Marina, and if needed, State police and Oxford County sheriffs. He has mobile communications on board to assist in any situation and communicate with emergency responders.
What Can I do to Help?
There are many ways you can help by doing your part on the lake as you enjoy the water. Follow this link and read a full pdf about boat safety. Donations to help support this program are also important. We accept donations to our General Fund to underwrite the costs of this program.