SCDNR holding Courtesy Boat Inspections for 4th of July Holiday

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 certain public boat landings around the state. The 4th 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. Locally, courtesy boat inspection sites are scheduled for South Cove Park on Lake Keowee in Oconee County on July 1, from 11am to 1pm, Riverfork Forks Boat Ramp on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County on July 1, from 2-4pm and at Twelve Mile Park on Lake Hartwell in Pickens County on July 2, from 11am to 1pm. 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.