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Slalom Course in the state of Maine

JayproJaypro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
Hey ballers, I was thinking of setting up a temporary slalom course at our camp in Maine. Is anyone familiar with the requirements? I went to the Maine government website and found that it had to be 200' from the shoreline, but I could not find anything with regards to permitting. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,306 Mega Baller
    Usually the Corp of Engineers handle permits for most states.
  • jyjrjyjr Posts: 3 Baller
    I don't believe you need a permit from the state. Also, unless the rules have changed, you don't need a spotter if you have an AWSA approved boat and are in a slalom course.
  • ProStah_SkiahProStah_Skiah Posts: 19 Baller
    No permit required for a slalom course in Maine if installed outside of the 200' water safety zone.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,470 Mega Baller
    When in Maine for a wedding in 2017 I got in touch with a guy in Standish, Maine who was the contact for a novice tournament that was in the guidebook (or on the USAWS website). He was real nice, offered to take me skiing on the pond they have a course on. I’ll check through my emails to see if I can find his info’.
  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    I’ve had a course in Maine for about 5 years. I called the state five years ago and can confirm that no permit was required (at least then). Warden often on our lake and has seen it several times each year so I believe this is still true.... what lake are you on? Waterskiers in Maine are like white buffalo....
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @Clydesdale we have a camp on twitchell pond, outside of Bethel. We get up there 2 or 3 times a summer. Do you leave it in the whole summer or take it in and out?
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @Clydesdale I think Bob Marley has a course on his lake....
  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @Jaypro We’re in limerick about 90 min from bethel. Course is in whenever the lake isn’t too crazy. Typically we pull the course on Friday and put it back in Sunday night or Monday. After Labor Day it stays in. Lots of work but it’s necessary to keep the natives from getting restless... 😊
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    @Clydesdale I was looking a the the insta-slalom course. Looks pretty efficient for getting it in and out
  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    @Jaypro were really happy with our ez slalom. When we have 3 people in the boat we can deploy in under 30 min, anchor to anchor... when you figure loading stuff in the boat it’s more like an hour. Extraction is actually a little slower for us. Maybe 45 min. Here’s a video of us in action-not instructional but gives you an idea of the process....
  • wilylewilyle Posts: 20 Baller
    I grew up and learned to ski on that lake in Limerick, Sokokis. We still have a place there. My parents living there most of the time now. I had a jump on the lake from mid 70s to very early 80s but not a slalom coarse. Had to have a permit and didn't have too much resistance. I lived there for a couple years after college in the mid-late 80s. I put a slalom coarse in (got a permit from the state) through the Ice. As @Clydesdale said, the natives got restless, filed a lot of complaints and they yanked my permit the next year. I go up there now and then and love to see, sometimes ski Clydes coarse. Go ULM. Anyone know who I am? Besides Horton and Clyde probably.
  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 221 Solid Baller
    edited October 2019
    @wilyle of course! Remember all of it! Always appreciated your advice, your jump, your boat, your old equipment, and mostly your mom. Amazing woman that encouraged and supported so many young skiers on the lake.
  • lakeside7455lakeside7455 Posts: 80 Baller
    Look at, he makes best course out there and is super helpful.
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