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Next Meeting and More

Our June monthly meeting will be on Thursday! July 1. As a reminder, Kennon House is closed on Wednesdays. Keep reading...

Life Jackets and More

There is a lot of chatter on social media about kids under 13 wearing a life jacket. Good time for a refresher. (From o...

A Tribute to Jack Saunders

A Tribute to Jack Saunders

Many of you knew Jack was a long time volunteer Board member with the Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department. In rec...

2021 Safe Boating Classes

2021 Safe Boating Classes

Flotilla 93Lake Gaston, North Carolina/Virginia9th Division, 5th District (South) PUBLIC EDUCATION Boat America a NASBL...

Water Safety Packets Are Available

Water Safety Packets Are Available

Board members have been busy compiling the 2021 safety awareness packets for marinas and realtors. 

Join us May 27 - Kennon House

We still have room for a few more members. Join us for the Dutch treat dinner. It will be our first get together since O...

Shred and F2F meeting

Shred and F2F meeting

First, save the date! Next meeting at Kennon House on THURSDAY May 27. Restaurant is closed on Wednesday’s. We need to g...

ECOS - Updated March 26, 2021

Emergency Cut Off Switch. You are going to need to wear it after April 1, 2021. This is a new USCG regulation and not op...

Dues are due!

We will soon be contacting the membership for payment of the 2021 dues. Family and business are $10.00 and Individual $5...

We have a new Treasurer!

So happy to report that Debbie Andrews has volunteered to be our Treasurer. Debbie and husband Wyatt have been active su...

Jack Saunders

Jack Saunders

We will miss you. Thanks for all you did for the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council. RIP

Worth Repeating

I received in the mail my new NC 2024 boat decal. Inside the envelope was a good message worth repeating. Last year, 13...

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


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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