SCDNR to conduct courtesy boat inspections during July 4 holiday

STATE — In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the July 4 holiday and preceding weekend, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Law Enforcement Division will be conducting courtesy boat inspections at public boat landings around the state.

The July 4 holiday is one of the busiest boating times of the year for South Carolina lakes and waterways, and officers want to do everything possible to keep everyone’s weekend fun and safe.

SCDNR boating safety and enforcement officers will perform quick but thorough inspections for required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registrations. 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. The boating inspections will be conducted July 1, 2 and 4.

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 or dial #DNR on your cellular phone.

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

Saturday, July 1:

  • Pickens County: Twin Lakes landing, Lake Hartwell, 10 a.m.-noon.

Sunday, July 2:

  • Oconee County: South Cove County Park landing, Lake Keowee, 10 a.m.-noon

Tuesday, July 4:

  • Oconee County: Devils Fork State Park landing, Lake Jocassee, 8-10 a.m.