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June 27, 2014

DNR courtesy boating inspections for July 4 holiday

In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming 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.

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.Boat inspection

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.

Also note, the South Carolina General Assembly has designated 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.

* July 4
Alex Harvin - Lake Marion 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Clarendon Co.
Battery Creek Landing (Parris Island) - Battery Creek - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Beaufort Co.
Billy Dreher Island - Lake Murray - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Newberry Co.
Brown's Ferry Landing - Black River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Georgetown Co.
Buster Boyd Landing - Lake Wylie - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - York Co.
Colonel's Creek Landing - Lake Wateree - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Fairfield Co.
Cypress Gardens Landing - Dunham Creek - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Berkeley Co.
Dorn Landing - Lake Thurmond - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - McCormick Co.
Galivants Ferry Landing - Little Pee Dee - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Marion Co.
Herbert H. Jessen Landing - Ashley River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Dorchester Co.
John P. Limehouse Landing - Stono River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.
Lake Murray Dam - Lake Murray - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Lexington Co.
River Forks Boat Ramp - Lake Hartwell - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Anderson Co.
Riverfork Public Landing - Lake Greenwood - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Laurens Co.
Shem Creek Landing - Shem Creek - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.
The New Peach Tree Landing - ICW at Socastee - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Horry Co.

* July 5
Alison Creek Landing - Lake Wylie - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - York Co.
Buck Hall Landing - ICW at Buck Hall - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.
Easterling Landing - Lake Robinson - 9 a.m. to 12 noon - Darlington Co.
Greenwood State Park - Lake Greenwood - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Greenwood Co.
Clearwater Cove Landing - Lake Wateree - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Kershaw Co.
Main Ramp - Lake Bowen - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Spartanburg Co.
Scotts Ferry - Lake Thurmond - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - McCormick Co.
South Cove Park - Lake Keowee - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Oconee Co.
Twelve Mile Park - Lake Hartwell - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Pickens Co.
Wappoo Cut Landing - ICW south of Charleston Harbor - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.

* July 6
Alex Harvin - Lake Marion - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Clarendon Co.
Billy Dreher Island - Lake Murray - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Newberry Co.
Carroll A. Campbell Landing - Sampit River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Georgetown Co.
Conway Marina Landing - Waccamaw River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Horry Co.
Ebenezer Park Landing - Lake Wylie - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - York Co.
Lake Murray Dam - Lake Murray - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Lexington Co.
Lake Wateree State Park Landing - Lake Wateree - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Fairfield Co.
Leeds Avenue Landing (County Farm) - Ashley River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.
Lemon Island Landing (Edgar Glenn) - Chechesse River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Beaufort Co.
Paradise Landing - Wando River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Charleston Co.
River Forks Boat Ramp - Lake Hartwell - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Anderson Co.
T. Coke Weeks Landing - Edisto River - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Dorchester Co.
William Dennis Landing - Tail Race Canal - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Berkeley Co.

* July 19
Sands Landing (Port Royal) - Port Royal Sound - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Beaufort Co.

* July 26
Parris Island Landing - Battery Creek - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Beaufort Co.
Richardson's Landing - Lake Moultrie - 10 a.m. to 12 noon - Berkeley Co.


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