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Boating &
Water Skiing


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Whether you enjoy fishing, tubing, water skiing or simply relaxing on the water, boating is a great recreational activity. Georgia Power lakes offer the beauty and resources to enhance your experience while preserving the environment.

Georgia Boating Regulations

Find current, pertinent information about Georgia's boating regulations and boat registration. Locate boat ramps throughout the state and discover available boating education opportunities. Call 1-800-366-2661 to inquire by phone or select this link to learn more.

Additional Boating Safety Websites


www.vesselsafetycheck.org

www.americasboatingcourse.com

www.uscgboating.org

www.georgiawildlife.com/boating



Water Skiing


  • Water skiing is permitted from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset.
  • Check the condition of all tow lines before use to be sure the lines aren't frayed or damaged.
  • Confirm that your skier is ready. Don't start the boat until the skier has signaled that he or she is ready.
  • Watch out for boulders, buoys and other waterway obstructions while towing your skier.
  • All vessels towing skiers must have either a mirror with a 78-square-inch viewing area or a competent spotter at least 12 years old who can quickly alert the driver in the event of a fall or accident.
  • In order to tow a skier, a personal water craft must have two mirrors with a viewing area of 10 square inches each, not mounted on the steering mechanism.
Riding a personal water craft with friends
  • Any person riding a personal watercraft must wear a properly fitted personal flotation device that is in good condition.
  • Return immediately to a fallen skier. Approach carefully and shut off the engine when close to avoid hitting the skier with the boat or the propeller.

Get a Vessel Safety Check

The Vessel Safety Check (VSC) is a free public service provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron volunteer organizations. For more information on the VSC program, visit their web site: www.vesselsafetycheck.org.

Rules of the Waterway


  • Overtaking/passing: A vessel overtaking another vessel may pass on either side, but the vessel being overtaken (passed) has the right-of-way.
  • Meeting head-on: When meeting another vessel head-on, each vessel should keep to the right.
  • Crossing: The vessel or watercraft on the right has the right-of-way. Slow down and permit it to pass.
  • All vessels must stay at least 100 feet away from a "Divers Down" flag.
  • When operating in a narrow channel, all vessels will keep to the right of mid-channel.
  • Obey all restrictive signs and buoys. Operate at an idle speed around gas docks and loading docks.
  • Operators are responsible for any damage caused by their wake.
  • All accidents involving death, serious injury or a disappearance from a personal watercraft or boat must be reported to the proper authorities within 48 hours.

Please observe the following navigational buoy information:

Camping and Picnicking

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