Boat safety inspections conducted for Fourth of July weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend and beyond, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division will be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

The July Fourth holiday weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters.

DNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration.

Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections.

Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat.

DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431.

For a copy of South Carolina’s boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301 OR visit the DNR website.

Courtesy boat inspections July 2nd-4th will be held at the following locations:
July 2
· Anderson County: Riverfork Forks Boat Ramp-Lake Hartwell; 2;00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
· Beaufort County: Lemon Island Landing (Edgar Glenn) – Chechesse River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Berkeley County: Cypress Gardens Landing (Dunham Creek) – Dunham Creek; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Charleston County: Isle of Palms Landing – Morgan Creek; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Charleston County: Wappoo Cut Landing – ICW south of Charleston Harbor; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Clarendon County: Alex Harvin Landing – Lake Marion; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Darlington County: Easterling Landing – Lake Robinson; 11:00 a.m..-1:00 p.m.
· Dorchester County: Herbert H. Jessen Landing – Ashley River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Georgetown County: Carroll A. Campbell Landing – Sampit River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Horry County: Johnny Causey Landing – ICW at Little River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Kershaw County: Clearwater Cove Landing – Lake Wateree; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Lexington County: Lake Murray Dam – Lake Murray; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· McCormick County: Dorn Landing-Lake Thurmond; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Newberry County: Billy Dreher Island – Lake Murray; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Oconee County: South Cove Park-Lake Keowee; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Pickens County: Twelve Mile Park-Lake Hartwell; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· York County: Ebenezer Park Landing – Lake Wylie; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

July 3
· Beaufort County: Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island) – Battery Creek; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Berkeley County: William Dennis Landing – Tail Race Canal; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Charleston County: George Garris Landing – ICW in Awendaw; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Charleston County: Leeds Avenue Landing (County Farm) – Ashley River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Dorchester County: T. Coke Weeks Landing – Edisto River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Georgetown County: Wacca Wache Landing – ICW on Waccamaw River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Greenwood County: Greenwood State Park-Lake Greenwood; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Horry County: Conway Marina Landing -Waccamaw River; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Spartanburg County: Main Ramp-Lake Bowen; 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
July 4 
· Clarendon County: Alex Harvin Landing – Lake Marion; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Laurens County: Riverfork Public Landing – Lake Greenwood; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Lexington County: Lake Murray Dam – Lake Murray; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· McCormick County: Scotts Ferry – Lake Thurmond; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
· Marion County: Galivants Ferry Landing – Little Pee Dee; 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
· Newberry County: Billy Dreher Island – Lake Murray; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

In addition to July Fourth weekend, Courtesy checks are also planned in July during the Beaufort Water Festival. Those times and locations are:

July 16: Sands Landing (Port Royal) – Port Royal Sound; 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
July 23: Parris Island Landing (Battery Creek Landing) – Battery Creek -10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

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