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VDGIF Name Change

Thought you might find of interest https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/dgif-is-now-dwr/?MvBriefArticleId=12781

Boater Safety Classes Resume

Due to COVID 19 Flotilla 9-3 was restricted in conducting operations at LKG. Today Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-3 ha...

Protect Hazard Buoys

Protect Hazard Buoys

Published on behalf of the County of Brunswick County - Stay Clear of Hazard Buoys This a reminder to all users of Lake...

Be careful this July 4th

Someone asked us on Facebook to post something to remind boaters to be extra courteous this busy holiday week. For those...

Check your boats!

Water is as high as I’ve seen it on the main lake in 5 years. Someplace on the lake there is a pontoon boat wedged into...

June Monthly Meeting Canceled

Sadly we won't be meeting in June. The Kennon House is not ready yet to set up the buffet. Fingers crossed for a July 29...

Safety Packets Assembled

Safety Packets Assembled

It’s that time of the year to get the new packets assembled for delivery to marinas and realtors. Each packet contains a...

Operation Dry Water Reminds Boaters to Boat Sober as Part of National Safe Boating Week

Operation Dry Water Reminds Boaters...

Operation Dry Water and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are reminding boaters duri...

Safety on the Water

Just because we aren't meeting doesn't mean safety on the water isn't important We continue to post water safety-related...

May Meeting Canceled

The Board has elected to cancel the May meeting. We are still dealing with social distancing requirements and no end yet...

New Life Jacket Labels

Courtesy of the National Safe Boating Council New Life Jacket Labels APRIL 23, 2020 by National Safe Boating Council Boa...

April meeting canceled

The Board has canceled the April 29th meeting. Although we expect the economy to begin to open up in early May, we have...

Waterway under Eaton Ferry Bridge is now a no wake zone

No Wake Zone at Eaton Ferry Bridge

The Lake Gaston Water Safety Council (LGWSC) would like to remind you that the waterway under the Eaton Ferry Bridge is now a NO WAKE ZONE.

To increase boating safety at this location, buoys will be installed as soon as possible to designate a No-Wake Zone from shore-to-shore within 50 yards on each side of the bridge. In No-Wake Zones, vessels are required to travel at idling speed, creating no appreciable wake.

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 (not only Federal but for both North Carolina and Virginia, as well). Additionally, helpful locally generated literature is available to aid residents, guests, visitors, and tourists about Lake Gaston NC & VA waters and the immediate surrounding area. Beyond the literature, verbal information and advice from the trailer staff is always fully available.

The LGWSC Safety Trailer is strategically stationed at (and rotated among) various venues in the Lake Gaston area so that the variety of people and lifestyles have access to the trailer's offerings. The concerns of area residents can be very different from the concerns of area visitors staying at one of the campgrounds (many residents became introduced to the area through campground stays) or tourists who may only be in the area for a day or two (some enjoy their visit so much that they return for longer stays at a campground or, even as a vacation home resident or full-time homeowner). Wake-boarders, water-skiers, bass fishermen, kayakers-and-canoeists (and SUP folks, too), sailboat folks - the Safety Trailer has info and/or contact information for them, too. As well, vessel operating rules vary markedly in certain aspects between Virginia, North Carolina, and Federal laws and regulations. Stop by the Safety Trailer to get information on any/all of the above. If the Safety Trailer information is lacking in some respect, ask the trailer staff member to have the LGWSC Safety Trailer official for assistance in obtaining and returning an answer, or send us a message.

Lake Gaston Water Safety Council Services

  • Promotes participation in Boating Safety Education +

    Our boating safety classes are taught on the third Saturday of each month from March to September. For information on enrolling in this class – please call 252 535-3335. Public Education Read More
  • Mobile Safety Trailer at special events +

    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 Read More
  • Children's PFD (Life Jacket) loaner program +

    Water safety 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 Read More
  • Provide Safe Boating Tips +

    In this article, I am only going to focus on the markers on Lake Gaston. In my next article I will focus on the ‘lateral markers,’ or what we call Read More
  • Monthly presentations on boating safety +

    Unless otherwise noted, eight meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month during the boating season. The evening customarily commences about 6 P.M. (1800 hrs) with a "Social Hour" Read More

ABOUT THE LGWSC

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.

About the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council

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