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Sad news

A long time member and previous Board Member Jean McCarter passed away on Wednesday after an extended illness.There wil...

Happy New Year!

Just wanted you to know that we are still here and enjoying the winter season. As you have noted we have posted on this...

2020 Boater Safety Classes

2020 Boater Safety Classes

US Coast Guard Auxiliary 2020 Boater Safety Class Dates March 14, April 18, May 9, June 6, July 18, August 22, Septembe...

Update - New Web Site

We hope you come to enjoy our redesigned web site. Please bear with us as we learn to navigate. The LGWSC has adjourned...

Donate to the Lake Gaston Water Saf...

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

Lake Area Non-Profits

Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce PO Box 1107 - Littleton, NC 27850-1107 2357 Eaton Ferry Road - Littleton, NC 27850-1107...

Regulatory Authorities

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) SWITCHBOARD: (919) 707-0010 ENFORCEMENT: Reporting Accidents and/or...

Emergency Radio Call Procedures

Maritime VHF radio is recommended for emergency communication with USCG, NC Wildlife, VA DGIF, county law enforcement an...

Emergency Phone Numbers

It is important to be familiar with Lake Gaston Accident Reporting procedures and also know how to report boating violat...

Markers on Lake Gaston

Aids to Navigation can provide a boater with information similar to that which drivers get from street signs, stop signa...

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course

America's Boating Course is an eight hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as...

How To Navigate Part 2

How To Navigate Part 2

In my last article, we talked about how to navigate on Lake Gaston. The ATONS (Aids TO Navigation) are different for us...

Upcoming Events

25 Mar 2020
First WSC Meeting of 2020
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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