Boaters visit Carters Lake to enjoy its solitude and scenic beauty.  Whether you're in a powerboat, sailboat, or paddling along the shoreline in a canoe, Carters Lake offers everyone an enjoyable boating experience.

Carters Lake has multiple public boat ramps for easy access.  Boat ramps are located at Damsite, Doll Mountain, Woodring Branch and Ridgeway.  The reregulation pool also has a boat launch located near the powerhouse off old Hwy 411.  All boaters launching outside a developed campground are required to pay a $5 day use fee or purchase an annual day use pass.  No fee is required to launch at the reregulation pool ramp.


Water Safety Tips

  • Always wear an approved life jacket.
  • Know and obey all boating laws.
  • Comply with all warning signs around locks and dams
  • Be alert to underwater hazards such as submerged stumps, logs and rocks. 
  • Be careful when approaching the shoreline. The depth of water varies from time to time and place to place.  
  • File a trip plan with someone to let them know where you will be and when you plan to return. 
  • Do not overload your boat. Remember, safe boating is not overloading. 
  • Always swim in designated swimming areas.
  • Never dive into water of unknown depth. 
  • Keep children under close supervision at all times. 
  • Do not use alcohol while in, on or around the water.