Three Life Jacket Loaner Stations have again been put up at local lakes in Forest County. These are stations where people can borrow life jackets free of charge to use while boating or swimming and return when finished. Life jackets are available in all sizes from infant through adult.
The locations of the stations are: Silver Lake Beach in Laona, Crandon City Beach on Lake Metonga, and Veteran’s Memorial Park on Lake Metonga.
Wisconsin state law requires there to be one flotation device per person in each vessel. The hope is that these Life Jacket Loaner Stations will encourage compliance with state law as well as promote safe swimming.
This project was successfully completed in 2017 with the help of our partners: The Forest County Association of Lakes, Lake Metonga Association, Silver Lake Association, Crandon Lion’s Club, Laona Lion’s Club, City of Crandon, Town of Laona, Forest County Forestry and Parks Department, and K2Pro Signs.
Throughout the 2017 swimming and boating season it was evident that the life jackets were being used by the general public. The Forest County Health Department received positive feedback on the success of the Life Jacket Loaner Stations promoting safety on the water for boaters and swimmers alike.
If you have any questions about setting up a Life Jacket Loaner Station, please feel free to call us at 715-478-3371.