Lake Superior Boating Guide:
Avoiding Collisions

Travel at slow speeds so you can stop or maneuver in time to avoid other boats, rocks, floating hazards and structures. Stop occasionally to listen for fog signals, waves breaking, other boat engines and so on. Radar is a great tool that should be used in reduced visibility conditions. Put up radar reflectors as high as possible to enable other boats and commercial vessels to see you as far away as possible.


Photo of a radar screen.

This is a photo of a radar screen on a boat just outside Grand Marais Harbor. Radar can be a handy safety item for the boater who gets caught in one of the big lake's dense fogs.

Photo of a radar reflector device.
A radar reflector, available at almost any marine store.


See also:

Aids to navigation

Weather tips

Commercial shipping


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