The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added no-wake zone boundaries for all public water bodies to its online interactive Boating Access Area map, including six in the Richmond County area.
No-wake zones are areas where vessels are required to travel at a speed that creates no appreciable wake. Although many people associate no-wake zones with coastal waters, these zones can be found on many public bodies of water across the state and at Commission-owned or managed boat ramps. Boaters can find no-wake zones on the map by zooming in on a body of water. The no-wake zones, depicted in tan, can be selected to view more information about them.
“This is the first time we’ve mapped no-wake zones,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Resource Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “This new feature added to the Boating Access Area map will be useful for boaters who want to know where the zones are, particularly if they’re already out on the water, using a smart phone or other mobile device.”
The local no-wake zones include river access points at the Pee Dee River off U.S. Route 74 Business West, at Diggs Tract in the Pee Dee River Gameland, at Blewetts Grave off Blewett Falls Road, at Blewett Falls Reservoir, at Grassy Island off Grassy Island Road and, closer to Wadesboro, at Red Hill off State Route 109.
The WRC was authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly to establish water safety rules, including no-wake zones, solely to help protect the safety of boaters on public waters. No-wake zones established by the Commission are published in the North Carolina Administrative Code. Several zones have been established by Session Laws of the General Assembly.
The Commission maintains more than 240 free boating access areas on 80 public bodies of water across the state. For more information, including no-wake zones in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating.