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In an effort to keep state waterways safe during the upcoming July 4th holiday, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division will conduct courtesy safety inspections at public boat landings in Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties.

Free inspections will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon July 4 on Lake Hartwell at River Forks Boat Ramp in Anderson County; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 5 on Lake Keowee at South Cove Park in Oconee County and on Lake Hartwell at Twelve Mile Park in Pickens County; and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 on Lake Hartwell at River Forks Boat Ramp in Anderson County.

S.C. Department of Natural Resources boating safety and enforcement officers will perform a quick, but thorough, inspection for items such as required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration.

Those who are not in compliance with safety regulations or registration requirements will not be ticketed during the complimentary inspections. Instead, they will be given an opportunity to correct the problem before they launch their boat.

DNR officers will also be available to answer questions and give boaters tips on how to stay safe on the water.

Also note, the S.C. General Assembly has designated July 4 as Free Fishing Day. All South Carolina residents can fish free in freshwater without a recreational license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits and gear restrictions, remain in place.

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