All vessels must give way to:
Boats not under command
Boats constrained by their draught
Any boats they are overtaking
Boats restricted in their ability to manoeuvre
Power boats must give way to sail boats
There is a statutory 11 km per hour speed limit up to 150 metres off all shores both mainland and island. A dead slow speed is required in "The Narrows" and in all rivers.
Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, Balloch
About Loch Lomond Byelaws and Waterborne Ranger Services
Water-based National Park Rangers on Loch Lomond can be found at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch and Milarrochy Bay on the east side of Loch Lomond. They deal largely with matters relating to craft usage on Loch Lomond. The Water Rangers will help with water safety are happy to answer your questions and give advice to anyone using Loch Lomond and the surrounding area.
National Park Water Rangers also oversee the launch and recovery of craft brought to the slipway. They check registration marks are correct, that the appropriate number and design of lifejackets are on board each boat and complete launch slips with details of the boat to be launched and her crew.
The National Park Rangers advise and help with the registration process, issue registration packs and explain the basic rules when boating on Loch Lomond. They will also deal with contraventions of the byelaws on the loch.
Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, Balloch
Tel: 01389 722030
VHF: Channel 80; callsign: National Park Slipway.
31 March-13 April: 0800-2000
14 April-27 April: 0800-2030
28 April-11 May: 0800-2100
12 May-1 June: 0800-2130
2 June-20 July: 0800-2200
21 July-10 August: 0800-2130
11 August-24 August: 0800-2100
28 August-7 September: 0800-2030
8 September-28 September: 0800-2000
• Launch facilities (charges applicable) and trailer park
• Base for the water-borne Rangers and boat registration
• Shower, toilet and changing facilities
• Full range of leaflets
• Shop selling lifejackets, other boating items and Loch Lomond cruise tickets
Milarrochy Bay, East Loch Lomond
Tel: 01389 722671
31 March-13 April: 0900-1930
14 April-27 April: 0900-2000
28 April-11 May: 0900-2030
12 May-1 June: 0900-2100
2 June-20 July: 0900-2130
21 July-10 August: 0900-2100
11 August-24 August: 0900-2030
28 August-7 September: 0900-2000
8 September-28 September: 0900-1930
Access to Milarrochy slipway is by combination padlock, call 01389 722030 to get the code. The site will be manned at weekends.
• Launch facilities (charges applicable)
• Safe launching for smaller boats
• Boat registration
• Parking, toilets and changing facilities
There are compulsory fees for launching motorised craft at National Park Authority launch facilities (Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway and Milarrochy Bay). There are two fee options: an Annual Launch Fee or a Single Use Fee.
For more information please telephone 01389 722030.
Annual Launch Fee
This is a once a year payment for unlimited use of the launching facilities at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway and Milarrochy Bay. It is set at £55 a year for each craft; payment for this service can be made in advance. Your user identification card will be issued prior to 1 April.
Single Use Fee
This is a payment to accommodate first time or infrequent visitors. For a single use of our launch facilities the fee is set at £15 per craft and per launch (launch and retrieval).
Operations Payment (voluntary) effective from 31 January each year
The amount requested is £30 per year for each craft.
Canoes and Kayaks
Please note, the slipway fees at Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway and Milarrochy Bay apply if you use a vehicle and/or trailer to launch your canoe or kayak.
The compulsory slipway charges are used to help meet the operational costs associated with the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway and Milarrochy Bay Slipway. The voluntary operations payment is a contribution towards the cost of supporting a range of services on the loch including: ongoing annual support to the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat, increased staff presence on the Loch Lomond islands at peak times, wildlife surveying and monitoring.
Launch Fees effective from 1 April each year
In emergency, dial 999 to mobilise the Loch Lomond rescue boat based at Luss. Be ready to give as much information as possible as to your location, nature of emergency and whether persons are injured.