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Loch Lomond has always had a tradition of boating, the Loch has been used by people wanting to enjoy the area from the water, for many years. The first commercial pleasure steamer was brought into service in 1827. The first regatta to take place was in 1827. Since then there has been a steady increase in the numbers and type of craft using the Loch for pleasure sport and recreation.

In recent years a survey has indicated that on a popular holiday weekend there can be as many as 800 boats on the Loch at any one time.

With this level of usage and the margin for conflict between different parties Byelaws were brought into force in 1996, both to improve safety and to ensure a balanced and fair use of the Loch by watercraft.

With the level of usage and the potential speeds involved with modern craft a degree of management has to be in place in order to encourage safe use of the Loch along with reducing the impact on the ECO system.

The Park Authority has a Country Side Ranger Service which offers assistance to visitors and local communities alike. To achieve this they spend as much time as possible out and about on a regular basis. Since the introduction of the Byelaws a boat is now staffed by the Ranger Services to ensure that all watercraft operate in a responsible and safe manner whilst adhering to the Byelaws.

Before launching your craft on the Loch it MUST be registered, this is free of charge and can be done at Balloch, Balmaha and Ardlui.

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