SCDNR Courtesy Boat Inspections Set for July 4th Holiday Weekend

In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the Independence Day holiday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will once again be conducting courtesy boat inspections at some public boat landings around the state. The Fourth of July weekend is the year’s busiest weekend on state waters, and officers want to do everything possible to keep boaters out of harm’s way.

SCDNR officers will perform quick but thorough inspections for 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. SCDNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

Additional courtesy boat inspections will also be hosted later in July.

To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the SCDNR 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 SCDNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301 or visit the Boater Education page.

Courtesy inspection sites for July 2, July 3 and July 4:

7/2/2022 Bass Pro Shop – ICW10am-Noon Horry     
7/2/2022 Lake Murray Dam10am-Noon Lexington     
7/2/2022 South Cove Park – Lake Keowee 10am-Noon  Oconee     
7/2/2022 Ebenezer Park Landing – Lake Wylie10am-Noon York      
7/3/2022 Riverfork Boat Ramp – Lake Hartwell10am-Noon Anderson      
7/3/2022 Alex Harvin Landing – Lake Marion10am-Noon Clarendon     
7/3/2022 Bennetts Pt Boat Ramp – ICW10am-Noon Colleton     
7/3/2022 East Bay Street Boat Ramp – ICW 10am-Noon Georgetown     
7/3/2022 Clearwater Cove – Lake Wateree10am-Noon Kershaw      
7/3/2022 Galivants Ferry Landing – Little Pee Dee 10am-Noon Marion      
7/4/2022 Remleys Pt Boat Ramp – CHS Harbor10am-Noon Charleston     
7/4/2022 Greenwood State Park – Lake Greenwood 10am-Noon Greenwood      
7/4/2022 Society Hill Landing – Great PeeDee River 10am-Noon Marlboro     
7/4/2022 Billy Dreher Island State Park10am-Noon Newberry     
7/4/2022 Twelve Mile Park – Lake Hartwell10am-Noon Pickens      
7/4/2022 Ebenezer Park Landing – Lake Wylie 10am-Noon York     

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