Cane River Lake “Fireworks” law changes

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Cane River Lake is currently at 98.1 MSL
Pool Stage is 98.0 MSL
Flood Stage is 99.0 MSL
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The Cane River Waterway Commission wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Remember to Boat Safe, Sober, and always wear your Life Jackets.

Thanks,
Betty Fuller
Commission Administrator
318-617-3235 cell
318-357-3007 office
crpatrol@yahoo.com email

The City of Natchitoches has adopted the following Amended Ordinance 040 of 2018 that deals with fireworks in the downtown area. A yellow buoy located in the center of the lake will mark the designated area. All boaters are required to be behind the yellow buoy and remain until clearance is given during the following times.

SECTION 1. Section 22-36 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Natchitoches is hereby amended and re-enacted to read as follows:
“Sec. 22-36. Operation of watercraft on Cane River Lake on days when firework displays occur on City Property.

(a) The term “watercraft”, whenever used in this section, shall be held to mean any motorboat, rowboat, barge, raft, and any other boat or vessel of whatsoever nature and kind commonly used for the transportation of persons or things upon a stream, river, lake or other waterway.

The phrase “designated area”, whenever used in this section, shall mean that portion or area of Cane River Lake near the downtown bridge that has been designated by the Louisiana Fire Marshall, or his designee, as being within a fallout zone for a fireworks display.


The phrase “fireworks display”, whenever used in this section, shall mean any fireworks display that occurs in downtown Natchitoches, and where part of the fallout area includes a portion of Cane River Lake.


The phrase “fallout area”, whenever used in this section, shall mean that area where spent fireworks fall back to Earth, as said area is determined and described by the Louisiana Fire Marshall.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a watercraft for any purpose whatsoever or leave any watercraft moored or docked on Cane River Lake within the designated area as marked with buoys or other appropriate signs, symbols or other markings identifying the limits of the designated area, on the first Saturday of December of each year, during that time period beginning at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until the area has been declared safe by the Fire Marshall, or his designee, on the day commonly referred to as “Christmas Festival Day”. It being the intention of this section to prohibit the operation, use, mooring or docking of any and all watercraft, whatsoever, within such designated area of the corporate limits of the city, for the time period set forth above, on Christmas Festival Day.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a watercraft for any purpose whatsoever or leave any watercraft moored or docked on Cane River Lake within the designated area as marked with buoys or other appropriate signs, symbols or other markings identifying the limits of the designated area, on any day when a fireworks display occurs in downtown Natchitoches, during that time period beginning at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until the area has been declared safe by the Fire Marshall, or his designee. It being the intention of this section to prohibit the operation, use, mooring or docking of any and all watercraft, whatsoever, within such designated area of the corporate limits of the city for the time period set forth above, during any fireworks display.

(d) The Chief of Police of the City of Natchitoches, or his designee, shall have authority to mark and designate the bounds of such designated area, as identified by the Fire Marshall, or his designee, where the use, operation, mooring or docking of watercraft is prohibited with any appropriate signs, symbols or other markings fixed in a conspicuous place so as to visibly notify the public.

(e) Violation of this ordinance shall be punished in accordance with Section 1-9 of this Code. In addition, if any watercraft is not moved upon order of a law enforcement officer, law enforcement personnel are authorized to remove the watercraft. If the owner of the watercraft in not in attendance of the watercraft, or cannot be located, or if the owner of the watercraft refuses to remove the watercraft upon order of a law enforcement officer, the watercraft may be towed to a storage area with the owner of the watercraft being responsible for any towing and storage fees.”


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