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
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- 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.
- 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.
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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: