Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES. Remove plants, seeds, animals, and mud from boots, gear, pets, and vehicles. Clean your gear before entering and leaving the recreation site. Stay on designated roads and trails, and follow local guidelines for firewood. CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY boats and any other recreational equipment that contacts water. Dispose of unwanted bait, worms, fish parts, or other organisms into the trash and not into the environment. For more information visit

Plan Your Next Trip

Be prepared with enough drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.  Keep alert for signs of heat related illnesses. Keep in mind, parking lots often fill up so bring enough supplies for the length of your outing.

Make wearing life jackets a top priority for all ages when visiting the lake.  Know and understand the differences between swimming in a pool and swimming in a lake.  They're much different! Watch for steep drop offs, hidden objects below the surface, boat traffic and more. The best place to swim is at a designated swimming area.  If you need help finding a place, give us a call!

Respect the limitations of everyone in your group - Swimming to an object in the lake, is often farther than it appears.  Learn more about the 7 Deadly Swims.

Before your boating adventure, perform a safety check of your vessel.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the required equipment on board such as life jackets, a throwable device, certificate of number (state registration), fire extinguisher, visual distress signals, sound producing devices, and any additional items  required by Federal and state laws (NC & VA).  Check your engine, ventilation, backfire flame arrestor, electrical systems, and trailer before you go too!

Last, please wear a life jacket when on or near the water!  Very good swimmers have drowned in the lakes you're planning to visit.  If you've forgotten your life jackets, there are free loaner ones available. 

Take care and be safe!  Make wearing  life jackets a new family tradition!




Adults check out the "Please Wear It" Facebook site for the latest important water safety information.  There are  also opportunities to win prizes and participate in contests helping to further spread the water safety message.  For example, you can take part in the Life Jacket Video Contest.  Contest closes August 18, 2024 at 11:59 EST.   For additional resources, also check out the website.

Tip of the Season, March/April

If you enjoy being out on the water this time of year be sure to dress in layers for the water temperature, even it it’s warm outside. Your top layer should always be a properly-fitted life jacket. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns