SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’s law-enforcement division will offer boat inspections at public landings across the state during the Memorial Day weekend.

The SCDNR said officers will perform quick, thorough inspections to verify that boaters have the required safety equipment and boat and motor registration for their watercraft before launching.

The inspections are voluntary and not required, officers said.

According to the SCDNR, boaters that agree to be inspected will not be found in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements.

Officers said boaters will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspection but will have the opportunity to correct any issues with their boat before they launch.

The SCDNR said officers will also be available to answer questions and give tips on how to stay safe on the water.

The courtesy inspections will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates and locations:

MAY 28

  • Horry County, Johnnie Causey Landing
  • Lexington County, Lake Murray Dam
  • York County, Ebenezer Park, Lake Wylie

MAY 29

  • Anderson County, River Forks boat ramp, Lake Hartwell
  • Berkeley County, Cypress Garden
  • Clarendon County, Alex Harvin Landing, Lake Marion
  • Darlington County, Easterling Landing, Lake Robinson
  • Fairfield County, Molly Creek Landing, Lake Wateree
  • Greenwood County, Lake Greenwood

MAY 30

  • Beaufort County, Lemon Island boat ramp
  • Charleston County, Wapoo Cut Landing, ICW
  • McCormick County, Dorn Landing, Lake Thurmond
  • Pickens County, Twelve Mile Landing, Lake Hartwell