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SCDNR to conduct courtesy boat inspections during Memorial Day weekend

May 17, 2024

In an effort to keep people and waterways safe during the Memorial Day 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 Memorial Day holiday kicks off the summer boating season and is one of the busiest 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.

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

Memorial Day weekend boat inspection locations (all inspections are from 10 a.m. to Noon):

Saturday, May 25:

  • Anderson County: Twin Lakes Landing, Lake Hartwell: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Berkely County: William Dennis Landing, Tail Race Canal, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Charleston County: Wapoo Cut Landing, Intracoastal Waterway (ICW): 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Greenwood County: SC Highway 72 Landing at Break on the Lake, Lake Greenwood: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Horry County: Little River Landing: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Lexington County: Lake Murray Dam Landing: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • York County: Allison Creek Park Landing, Lake Wylie: 10 a.m. to Noon

Sunday, May 26:

  • Beaufort County: Broad River Landing: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Charleston County: Remley's Point, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Clarendon County: Alex Harvin Landing, Lake Marion: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Colleton County: Bennett's Point, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Kershaw County: Clearwater Cove Landing, Lake Wateree: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • McCormick County: Dorn Landing, Lake Thurmond: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Pickens County: South Cove Landing, Lake Keowee: 10 a.m. to Noon

Monday, May 27:

  • Beaufort County: Lemon Island Boat Ramp: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Charleston County: Limehouse Landing, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Georgetown County: Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex Landing, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Lexington County: Lake Murray Dam: 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Oconee County: Seneca Creek, Lake Hartwell, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • York County: Allison Creek Park Landing, Lake Wylie: 10 a.m. to Noon