Laws and Safety

Every year, thousands of boating enthusiasts take to the waterways of North Carolina to fish, sail, water ski, and pursue other vessel-based recreation.  Wildlife Officers enforce the boating laws and navigation regulations on the waters of the state, always with the aim of safety. Officers may stop any vessel for safety checks or violations, as authorized by N.C.G.S. §75A and conduct boating accident investigations. 

Boating Regulations:
State laws for operating vessels on public waterways
Navigation Wake Zone Info:

Areas in which vessels are required to travel at idling speed – a slow speed that creates no appreciable wake.

Rules of the Water:
Navigation and maneuverability, including right-of-way
Clean Vessel Act:

Boaters must dispose of human waste in an environmentally safe manner at pumpout and dump stations. The Clean Vessel Act provides funds to build pumpout and dump stations.