THE Boat Owners Association has said it would fight LMCC's proposed "natural-waterway" zoning, the toughest protection zoning available.
The NSW government initially directed the council to impose a lower zoning, "recreational waterway", but gave into lobbying from the councillors and LMCC's administration.
BOA members fear the zoning will lead to a ban on jetties around the lake, but council says jetties will continue, subject to consent.
Kilaben Bay resident and boatie, Graeme Knott, said council's proposed zoning may very well prevent that consent.
The BOA wants the zoning to be recreational.
Mr Knott said there was no need for council to require the ultimate zoning and BOA's Hunter Branch chairman, Frank Downing, said the proposal contains "hidden concerns" for the entire boating community, water-based businesses and waterfront property owners.