S.C. DNR offers free boat inspections for Fourth of July

Hoping to keep waterways safe during the Fourth of July, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division will offer courtesy safety inspections at some public boat landings, including two in Horry County.

DNR officers will look for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration. Tickets will not be issued during the checks for anyone who does not comply with state law, but will instead be given an opportunity to correct the problem before launching the boat.

To learn more about boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form, contact the S.C. DNR boating safety office by dialing 1-800-277-4301. To report boating violations such as reckless operation or intoxicated operators, call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-922-5431.

Courtesy safety checks will be offered at Brown’s Ferry Landing on the Black River in Georgetown County and at the New Peach Tree Landing on the Intracoastal Waterway in Socastee from 10 a.m. to noon July 4.

On July 6, inspections will be at the Carroll A. Campbell Landing on the Sampit River in Georgetown County and at the Conway Marine Landing on the Waccamaw River in Horry County from 10 a.m. to noon.

Also happening July 4, South Carolina residents can fish in freshwater without a recreational license. All other fishing regulations including bag and size limits and those on gear restrictions remain in place.