Safe Quiet Lakes is forming a national Decibel Coalition with the objective to enhance existing boat muffler legislation to include decibel limits.

For most people, a boat that is excessively noisy is not “sharing” the lake and its operator is being selfish and disrespectful to all other lake users.  Our 2017 survey found 88% of over 3,300 respondents ranked “relaxing on the dock” as very important and 82% “like to be able to hear the sound of nature when I am on the lake”. Loud boats were ranked as a major obstacle to this basic enjoyment.  Sixty seven percent of respondents want muffler laws enforced and 61% want decibel legislation.

Last fall our Advocacy Chair – Greg Wilkinson, wrote an OpEd which was published in the Muskokan and distributed by email. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Decibels limits are legislated in many states in the USA and are standard in the European Union. The standards are consistent and enforcement is straightforward.

Canada’s legislation is weak to the point where police will not enforce it. Safe Quiet Lakes believes that it is time to enhance current legislation to include decibel limits for boat motor noise.

Informational Card

In the last few months, we have developed a logo for the Decibel Coalition and an informational postcard seen below, on the legal requirements for mufflers and Captain’s Choice devices in Canada. If you would like to learn more about this initiative or receive a copy of the informational postcard on mufflers and Captain’s Choice devices please email

We want reasonable standards, consistent with the USA and the EU and that are easy to enforce. 

For information on the Decibel Coalition initiative, please check out this one-page summary:

Why Canada Needs a Marine Decibel Law

We are assembling a library of information on this topic.  Here’s some interesting links:

How loud is too loud

How do we measure sound waves?

What are decibels, the decibel scale & noise measurement units?

DIRECTIVE 2013/53/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 20 November 2013 on recreational craft and personal watercraft and repealing Directive 94/25/EC

NASBLA Model Act For Motorboat Noise