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Promoting Safety on the Waters of Lake Gaston

Welcome to the LGWSC Website!

What's New Here?

Latest on Eaton Ferry Bridge Maintenance:

The Eaton Ferry bridge is back to one lane traffic due to bridge repairs. Expect a short delay. NCDOT hopes to have both lanes open by Memorial Day.

Meeting Scheduled for May 29, 2019

The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council monthly membership meeting will be held Wednesday May 29, 2019 at the Kennon House Restaurant in Gasburg, Virginia. The meeting begins at 6PM, starting with a dutch-treat dinner. Adam Fields, World Champion Wakeboarder, will talk about wake boarding, boating safety, and the #WakeResponsibly and #PasstheHandle global movements.

New Board of Directors: Your new board of directors has already met. They are pursuing some ideas to further promote the LGWSC around the lake. Maybe a newsletter for members? Stay tuned... If you would like to write an article about a water safety related topic please contact us.

How We Came To Be...

The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council was formed on February 22, 1989. We are thankful for Joe Peterson, formerly with what is now known as Dominion Energy, for envisioning the need back in 1988 to organize a group of interested persons who lived on the lake to solely focus on safety on the water. Much has happened over the last 20 plus years.

As the years passed and more people started to use the lake, boating and boating related accidents became more frequent. Boating safety and training were the initial offerings of the WSC. In 1991, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 93 was chartered.

Several near electrocutions relating to improperly installed boat lifts resulted in the WSC developing recommendations for proper grounding and the use of ground-fault receptacles. Through it all the WSC has evolved and enjoys excellent working relations with Dominion Energy, local officers of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the Virginia Game and Inland fisheries. In addition, we partner with key business and organizational stakeholders around the lake.

You will read elsewhere on our web site information about training presented by Flotilla 93, our life jacket loaner program, information about our Safety Trailer, why we now have hazard and navigational buoys (there are over 32) and the mile markers which cover the lake from the dam to 34 miles to the western edge. The need to think about safety never stops and we have much more to do.

Join the LGWSC
Join the LGWSC

We would love to have you join the Water Safety Council so you too can boat and play safely at Lake Gaston. Memberships are $5.00 per person - $10.00 per family, and$10.00 per Business.

Your membership helps to support the many water safety activities carried on by the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council. Annual dues help to support our Water Safety Trailer, the exchange program, and the Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program along with many other activities in the lake area.

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Please consider supporting the LGWSC to keep Lake Gaston waters safe!
Every little bit counts...

Donate to LGWSC

Donations to LGWSC are tax-deductible to the fullest as we are a 501(c)(3) organization.

Breaking News!

EF Bridge Now No Wake

Contact Info

Lake Gaston Water Safety Council
PO Box 207
Henrico, NC 27842

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

  • The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-3 has moved and changed their website address.
  • NC DOT has changed the speed limit on the Eaton Ferry bridge from 55 MPH to 45 MPH. This includes part of 903, Food Lion area and on Lizard Creek towards the RWVFD.

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Who We Are...

The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC), is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public service organization serving the boating public throughout the North Carolina and Virginia areas surrounding Lake Gaston.

Some situations require us to attend legislative hearings, where we consult with sponsoring lawmakers. During those sessions we provide input to area representatives regarding safety issues in and around Lake Gaston.

We take pride in our programs and achievements that keep boaters and their passengers safe while cruising the waters of Lake Gaston. ...Review 2018 Achievements

What We Do...


The LGWSC actively promotes participation in Boating Safety Education courses. ...Find Out More


We operate a mobile Safety Trailer at special events in the Lake Gaston area. ...Find Out More


We put in-place a free "Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program" for child safety. ...Find Out More


We provide 'Safe Boating Tips' on subjects such as navigation, cleaning boats, etc. ...Find Out More


Our monthly meetings feature presentations on boating safety issues. ...Find Out More

Our Mission...

  • Promote safety in all water related programs and activities.
  • Promote a common meeting ground and forum for its members.
  • Coordinate public information/activities on water safety.
  • Provide demonstrations for civic and business meetings to promote recreational safety programs.
  • Distribute water safety information through all appropriate news media, road and waterside posters.
  • Provide free recreational safety kits to the public.
  • Maintain liaison with other water and safety related organizations.
LGWSC Safety Trailer

Our Safety Trailer

During the general boating season each year, the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC), as a public outreach service, operates a colorful informational Safety Trailer staffed by its members to provide a wide range of informational literature concerning boating laws and regulations.

Boating Emergencies

Emergencies On The Water

It is important to be familiar with Lake Gaston Accident Reporting procedures and to know how to report boating violations. We provide this information in addition to how to use 911 while boating; cell phone restrictions; how to report missing or damaged buoys; and law enforcement contact numbers.

Life Jacket Loaner Program

Life Jacket Loaner Program

Water safety on Lake Gaston is extremely important - especially when it comes to our children. Lake Gaston property owners often have visits from friends and family, only to find they don't have enough or the right size life jackets to accommodate all. Our life jacket loaner program solves those issues.