New SC law increases distance limits between boats and docks, limits wake surfing

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A new law in South Carolina doubles the distance boats underway must maintain and prohibits “wake surfing” within 200 feet of a dock, person or watercraft. anchored.

A new law signed by Governor McMaster establishes on most major reservoirs in South Carolina a new 100-foot distance limit that underway boats must follow when approaching a dock, person in the water or an anchored vessel.

The new law, which doubles the previous distance of 50 feet, applies to the waters of Lake Greenwood, Lake Hartwell, Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, Lake Marion, Lake Monticello, Lake Murray, Lake Robinson, of Russell Lake, Secession Lake, Thurmond Lake, Wateree Lake, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Parr Reservoir, or the portion of the Savannah River from the Interstate 20 Savannah River Bridge to the lock and the New Savannah River Bluff Dam.

The 100 foot distance limit does not apply to Moultrie Lake.

The new law also prohibits “wake surfing” on all SC waters within 200 feet of a dock, person in the water, or anchored watercraft. Wake surfing is defined in the new law as “a vessel which is weighted astern so as to create a wake which is, or is intended to be, surfed by another person”.

The law went into effect on March 14.

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Earnest A. Martinez