News Release

For Immediate Release
Tom Guess, 804-367-8693

NOTE: This news release was distributed on 6/6/2013. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.

Courtesy Boat Safety Checks - When In Doubt, Check it Out!

Do you know how many life jackets you need to have on board your vessel? How about fire extinguishers? This Saturday Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Conservation Police Officers will be conducting courtesy boat safety inspections at various waterways around the Commonwealth. Officers will check each boat for the required safety equipment, and see that life jackets, fire extinguishers and other equipment are in proper working order. Courtesy safety checks will not result in a citation to the boat captain; the goal of courtesy boat inspections is simply to keep boaters safe on the water. So, join the DGIF this Saturday at the following locations to find out if your boat passes muster!

Locations for Courtesy Boat Safety Inspections:

Buggs Island Lake (John Kerr Reservoir) - Occoneechee State Park in Mecklenburg County
Chickahominy River- Riverfront Park in James City County
Claytor Lake - Dublin Landing in Pulaski County
James River - Osborne Landing in Henrico County
Lake Anna - Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County
Lake Gaston - Popular Creek in Mecklenburg County
Leesville Lake - AEP Ramp on the Pittsylvania side at the dam
Potomac River - Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County
Smith Mountain Lake - Penhook Boat Ramp in Franklin County
South Holston Lake - Avens Landing in Washington County
*Most boat safety inspections will begin at 10:00am and run until 6:00pm

To learn more about the required safety equipment for your boat, visit the Department's website at