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TWRA plans Norris checkpoint

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. | The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will conduct a boat registration and safety compliance checkpoint on Norris Lake on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

The checkpoint will be conducted in the area of Big Creek and Norris Dam between points 1 and 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Also, a checkpoint will be conducted on Ft. Loudoun Lake, on the main channel of the Tennessee River at Mile 614 in the area of Sailboat Cove from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The TWRA offers safety tips for boaters:

  • Take a boating safety course. Gain valuable knowledge and on-water experience in a boating safety course with many options for novice to experienced boaters.
  • Check equipment. Schedule a free vessel safety check with local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons to make sure all essential equipment is present, working and in good condition.
  • Make a float plan. Always let someone on shore know the trip itinerary, including operator and passenger information, boat type and registration, and communication equipment on board.
  • Wear a life jacket. Make sure everyone wears a life jacket – every time. A stowed life jacket is no use in an emergency.
  • Use an engine cut-off device. An engine cut-off device, or engine cut-off switch, is a proven safety device to stop the boat’s engine should the operator unexpectedly fall overboard.
  • Watch the weather. Always check the forecast before departing on the water and frequently during the excursion.
  • Know what’s going on around you at all times. Nearly a quarter of all reported boating accidents last year were caused by operator inattention or improper lookout.
  • Know where you’re going and travel at safe speeds. Be familiar with the area, local boating speed zones and always travel at a safe speed.
  • Never boat under the influence. A BUI is involved in one-third of all recreational boating fatalities. Always designate a sober skipper.
  • Keep in touch. Have more than one communication device that works when wet. VHF radios, emergency locator beacons, satellite phones, and cell phones can all be important devices in an emergency.
GC Staff
GC Staff
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