RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has added no-wake zone boundaries for all public water bodies to its online interactive Boating Access Area map.
No-wake zones are areas where vessels are required to travel at a speed that creates no appreciable wake. Although many people associate no-wake zones with coastal waters, these zones can be found on many public bodies of water across the state and at Commission-owned or managed boat ramps. Boaters can find no-wake zones on the map by zooming in on a body of water. The no-wake zones, depicted in tan, can be selected to view more information about them.
“This is the first time we’ve mapped no-wake zones,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “This new feature added to the Boating Access Area map will be useful for boaters who want to know where the zones are, particularly if they’re already out on the water, using a smart phone or other mobile device.”
The Commission was authorized by the N.C.General Assembly to establish water safety rules, including no-wake zones, solely to help protect the safety of boaters on public waters. No-wake zones established by the Commission are published in the North Carolina Administrative Code. Several zones have been established by Session Laws of the General Assembly.
The Commission maintains more than 240 free boating access areas on 80 public bodies of water across the state. For more information, including no-wake zones in North Carolina, visit the boating page.