Lake Alert - Memorial Day Weekend Reminders

May 24th 2023

Memorial Day Weekend Reminders

Dear Neighbors,

With the “official” start to the summer boating season beginning this Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to share a few friendly reminders with our watercraft permit holders.

  • Display Watercraft Permits – If you have purchased a watercraft permit for the 2023-24 boating season, please make sure it is displayed properly on your vessel. You can find directions for proper placement HERE.
  • If you haven’t purchased a permit for either your powered or non-powered watercraft to use for Lake Bowen and/or Lake Blalock, please visit our Lake Bowen or Lake Blalock Wardens’ office to purchase. A listing of associated permit prices can be found on our WEBSITE. (Please note that permits for non-motorized watercraft (i.e. kayaks and paddleboards) are a $25, one-time fee that do not require renewal with each boating season.)

  • Safety First! Before heading out on the water, please remember these important safety tips:

    1. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
    2. Check the weather.
    3. Ensure your watercraft is in good working order. Always do a test run before you go out on the lake, and ask any of our wardens to help you do a safety check.
  • Be sure you have the following available on your watercraft:
    • Life Jackets – enough for each passenger, U.S. Coast Guard approved and in good condition. Life Jackets only work if you wear them, so be sure to keep a properly fitting floatation device on at all times when you are on the water.
    • USCG approved Type IV Retrievable floatation device – For watercraft greater than 16’.
    • Fire extinguisher – required by law, for gas powered watercraft.
    • Navigation lights – on between official sunset and sunrise.
    • Sound device – horn, air horn, or whistle.

And if you ever have any questions, please reach out to our watershed staff. They are more than happy to assist! Lake Bowen Wardens’ Office: 864-592-2240, Lake Blalock Wardens’ Office: 864-578-5442.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and start to the summer season!

Most sincerely,

Spartanburg Water


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