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July 5, 2012

DNR courtesy boating inspections set during July 4 holiday

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the July 4th holiday, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will again be conducting courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings.

The Independence Day holiday is one of the busiest weekends of the year on state waters.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources (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 at dnr.sc.gov/boating.html.

Also note, The South Carolina General Assembly recently passed a new law designating July 4th as Free Fishing Day. All South Carolina residents may fish free in freshwater on July 4 without a recreational license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits and gear restrictions remain in place.

Courtesy safety inspections at the following locations and times:

July 4

Alex Harvin - Lake Marion – 10 a.m. to noon – Clarendon Co.                               
Billy Dreher Island - Lake Murray – 10 a.m. to noon – Newberry Co.
Craig T. Campbell Landing - ICW at Little River – 10 a.m. to noon - Horry Co.
Dorn Landing - Lake Thurmond – 10 a.m. to noon - McCormick Co.
East Bay Street Landing - Sampit River – 10 a.m. to noon - Georgetown Co.
Herbert H. Jessen Landing - Ashley River - 10 a.m. to noon - Dorchester Co.
Jim Rampey Rec. Area - Lake Russell – 10 a.m. to noon - Abbeville Co.
Lake Murray Dam - Lake Murray – 10 a.m. to noon  - Lexington Co.
Low Falls - Lake Marion – 10 a.m. to noon – Calhoun Co.
Main Ramp - Lake Robinson – 10 a.m. to noon - Greenville Co.
Pick Hill Landing - Broad River – 10 a.m. to noon - Cherokee Co.
Pinckney Island Landing (C. C. Haigh, Jr.) - Mackay Creek – 10 a.m. to noon - Beaufort Co.
Remleys Point Landing - Wando River - 10 a.m. to noon - Charleston Co.
Riverfork Public Landing - Lake Greenwood - 10 a.m. to noon - Laurens Co.
Twelve Mile Park - Lake Hartwell – 10 a.m. to noon - Pickens Co.

July 7

Greenwood State Park - Lake Greenwood – 10 a.m. to noon - Greenwood Co.
Lake Wateree - Wateree State Park – 10 a.m. to noon – Fairfield Co.
Lake Wylie - Ebenezer Landing – 10 a.m. to noon – York Co.
Main Ramp - Lake Bowen – 10 a.m. to noon - Spartanburg Co.
Parksville Boat Landing - Lake Thurmond – 10 a.m. to noon - McCormick Co.
River Forks Boat Ramp - Lake Hartwell – 10 a.m. to noon - Anderson Co.
South Cove Park - Lake Keowee – 10 a.m. to noon - Oconee Co.

July 8

Little Pee Dee River - Galivants Ferry Landing – 10 a.m. to noon - Marion Co.

July 21                                    

Beaufort Water Festival - Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island) – 10 a.m. to noon - Beaufort Co.


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