With the long weekend a fews away, police are reminding cottagers about the dangers of drinking and boating.
The OPP say that alcohol was a factor in 42 per cent of the 18 boating fatalities so far this season.
Over the Civic Holiday weekend, police will be partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council to enforce the law on the province's lakes.
It is illegal to consume alcohol while a boat is moving. The only time you are allowed to have open alcohol onboard is when a boat is docked or anchored, and that boat has permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities.
Sgt Kerry Schmidt points out that drinking and boating is treated as seriously as driving while impaired. If you get caught impaired while operating a boat, you will face criminal charges and an immediate suspension of your drivers' license for your car.