Boating Safety

Boating is one of the most popular recreational activities at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District project lakes. With a large volume of traffic on Mobile District lakes it is critical that everyone abide by all safety and operational regulations that are set in place by the Corps of Engineers and the states.

By following the rules and ensuring you have all the proper training and certifications you can help ensure that boaters have an enjoyable and safe time while enjoying some of the most beautiful natural resources in the Southeast.

Georgia Boating Requirements

Anyone born after January 1, 1998 is required to complete a Boating Education Course approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) before legally operating a motorized boat on Georgia state waters. The Georgia Boat Safety Act also states that persons ages 12 through 15 may operate a personal watercraft (Jet Ski, Wave Runner, Sea-Doo, etc.) if he or she "has passed a boating education course approved by the DNR." The Boating Safety Course is offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is approved by the Georgia DNR.

Alabama Boating Requirements

The Alabama Act of 1994 requires that every person 12 years of age or over who operates a motorized vessel on Alabama waters to obtain a Boater Safety Certification, which will be coded on the Alabama driver's license.

Buoys and Markers

While operating a boat on West Point Lake you are required to follow all buoys and markers. To learn more about what the markers mean check out the diagram below.

Did you know....

  • Approximately 84% of individuals who drown at Corps lakes were not wearing a life jacket. 

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

  • It takes only 60 seconds on average for an adult to drown and 20 seconds for children.

  • Loaner life jackets are available at many Corps of Engineers parks.