Spartanburg Water has adopted specific policies and procedures that govern any recreational activities on Lake Bowen. These rules and regulations have been adopted to ensure that all users of Lake Bowen conduct their recreational activities in a safe and conscientious manner. Before participating in any recreational activities on Lake Bowen, please read through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Boating Regulations.

Before you come to the lake:

  • Let someone know where you are going to be fishing or boating and when you will return.
  • Check all personal flotation devices (PDF, i.e. life jackets) and make sure they are in good serviceable condition and are the correct sizes for all passengers (especially children).
  • Check the weather before you go.
  • Check fuel, battery and boat trailer (lights, tires and tie downs).
  • Check to see if the drain plug is in the boat and whether or not you have the keys for the boat.

On the water:

  • South Carolina law requires that all children under 12 years of age must wear a PFD (life jacket) if the watercraft is under 16 feet in length and when the motor is running.
  • Have all PFDs out and accessible whenever out on the lake.
  • Do not operate a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol can affect you up to three times more on the water than on land.
  • Personal watercraft may operate only from legal sunrise to legal sunset.
  • When pulling someone on a tube or pulling a skier, you must have a mirror or an observer.
  • Check all navigation lights before legal sunset. If not operating correctly, you will have time to return to the dock.
  • Know your limitations, apply sunscreen, drink lots of water, and watch your energy level.
  • Obey all regulatory markers (buoys) No Wake, Controlled Area and Danger Area.

Courtesy boat inspections are available by our wardens upon request.

Boating Safety Classes

Boaters under 16 years of age are required by South Carolina law to pass an approved boater education course to operate a personal watercraft (ex. jet ski) or a boat powered by 15 hp motor or more without adult (18+) supervision.

The course may also make you eligible for an insurance discount on your boat or personal watercraft (PWC).

Spartanburg Water has two South Carolina DNR-approved Boating Education Classes on May 5 and June 23. Click here to go to the registration module, click May 5, New Prospect Fire Department, or June 23, New Prospect Fire Department. Participants must register before the class. No walk-ins can be taken the day of either class.

If a student can not attend these classes they can take an internet course for $30 or order the Boat South Carolina video home-study course and mail-in test here.

Links to safe boating information:

SCDNR: Boating in South Carolina

National Safe Boating Council

Boat/motor titling and application forms and to obtain information on watercraft registration renewal, click here.