The keys to solving the problems at Auke Lake are the establishment of clear boundaries of usage and the education of the user groups, so that they know where these boundaries are and what is expected of them.
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Last year I used a personal watercraft all over Auke Lake. I didn't see any signs telling me there were boundaries or what was expected. If the property owners want their rights respected, it is their responsibility to tell me what their expectations are.
I believe property owners can have their cake and eat it, too. To solve their problems, I recommend they do the following:
1. Annually, after the ice thaws, they should place floating boundary markers with signs stating that motorized travel beyond this marker is not permitted.
2. Place signs in key areas of public access that clearly show the boundaries and educate the public as to why these boundaries exist. The signs might read, "You are welcome to enjoy the recreational opportunities here at Auke Lake. We ask that you respect the privacy of the residents who call Auke Lake home, and limit your usage to the area marked within the boundaries."
Together, with mutual respect, we can ensure that you can continue to enjoy this beautiful place.
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