Boating Safely & Properly on Lake Norman

As we are all aware, there are a number of public agencies that administer safe boating rules and regulations to keep all boaters and vessels properly licensed, to operate safely and to remain aware of rights and privileges. “The primary North Carolina organization that monitors all vessel registrations is the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission,” said Lowry Hobbs with Westport Marina. “They are the official agency that maintains all vessel titles and registrations and they are the ultimate resource for everything boating in North Carolina, including here on Lake Norman.”

Lake Norman marina Westport Marina wants you to boat safely and properly on the lake this summer.

Safe Boating on Lake Norman – The Rules & Resources

  1. Vessel Operating Guide – This Vessel Operator’s Guide is produced by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission as a convenient reference to the requirements of North Carolina boating laws and regulations. North Carolina Vessel Operator’s Guide.
  2. North Carolina Boating Checklist – This is a great resource for “everything” about your boat of any size, as well as personal water crafts. Read the boating checklist here.
  3. Personal Watercraft Laws – If you operate a personal watercraft, like a jet ski, you should become familiar with the laws and safety regulations of operating one safely. Read the personal watercraft laws hereLake Norman marina Westport Marina wants you to know how to safely operate your boating vessel at all times.
  4. Navigation Lights on Your Boat – If you operate your boat at dusk, dawn or at night, you need to have the correct and operational navigation lights. Download the Boating Navigation Lights Guide.
  5. Types of Personal Flotation Devices – You need life jackets (personal flotation devices) on board your vessel at all times, especially for children. Read the Personal Flotation Device Guide.
  6. Getting a Replacement Hunter or Boater Education Card –  If you have misplaced or lost your North Carolina Hunter or Boater Education card, you can request a new copy by emailing the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at Read more here at this page.

Boating Access Areas Across North Carolina

With more than 300,000 registered vessels in North Carolina, boating is one of the state’s most popular activities year-round.  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission provides more than 200 free Boating Access Areas (BAA) to over 100 different bodies of water. Check out the interactive BAA Locator here to find an area by address, water body, or accessibility for disabled.

“We hope that you will visit Westport Marina when you are on Lake Norman and enjoying the beauty and freedom of safe boating,” added Hobbs. “We are here to serve you with the best fuel prices on the lake, a great marina and a dock with an A+ snack bar.”

In the meantime, we hope that you will visit us here at Westport Marina in the gorgeous and popular southwest section of Lake Norman in Denver, NC. You’ll love our boat rentals, superior boat service and our delicious food and drinks offered down at Nate’s Snack Bar on our docks. Call us at 704-483-5172 or email us to rent a boat or ask us a question. We look forward to seeing you on the lake!