Boating: no wake zones & signage

Saturday July 22, 2017


No Wake Zones are established by law on Lake Wylie by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, the North Wildlife Resources Commission and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  No Wake Zones indicate a restricted boating area established in state laws to protect the safety of the public and property. In these areas, a vessel cannot proceed at greater than “idle” speed or the speed necessary to maintain steering.  No Wake Zones are marked by buoys or signs. 

To request consideration for a No Wake Zone from the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, read the No Wake Zone Policy and Procedure and complete the No Wake Application Form, or contact;
Emily Parker

(Clerk)
9815 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
B: (704) 688-6507
Email: emilyparker@lakewyliemarinecommission.com

 

No Wake Signs

In an effort to educate everyone who enjoys water activities on Lake Wylie and to reduce dangerous situations occurring on the lake, the Lake Wylie Marine Commission is partnering with local marinas to sell LWMC "No Wake" signs for lake residents to attach to their docks, boat houses and other structures along the waterfront.

The North Carolina and South Carolina No Wake Zone laws remain the same but too many boaters, wake boarders, skiers, tubers and jet skiers either do not know the regulations or disregard them.

No Wake Zones indicate a restricted boating area established in state laws to protect the safety of the public and property. In these areas, a vessel cannot proceed at greater than “idle” speed or the speed necessary to maintain steering.

The signs are intended to serve as reminders of legal No Wake Zones designated by the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the SC Department of Natural Resources.

Homeowners and others who choose to display the No Wake signs may only display them in areas legally designated as No Wake Zones. Signs may not be posted in areas not currently designated as legal No Wake Zones and will be removed by lake law enforcement officers if signs are illegally displayed.

In North Carolina, boaters must not exceed "No Wake" speed within 50 yards of any structure including public boat ramps, docks, piers and service areas. Marked mooring areas, bridges on Lake Wylie and any other area marked with official Lake Wylie Marine Commission No Wake buoys or signs follow the same rule. All regulations apply to personal watercraft.

In South Carolina, the regulation is "no wake" in any area marked by official South Carolina Department of Natural Resources buoys or signs or within 50 feet of a moored or anchored boat, wharf, pier, dock or person in the water. All regulations also apply to personal watercraft.

Signs are currently available to purchase for $30 each at Pier 49, Harbortowne Marina and Dockmasters on Highway 49/274.

For more information contact the LWMC Clerk at (704) 688-6507 or emilyparker@lakewyliemarinecommission.com