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Lake Gaston  North Carolina / Virginia

 
   
More than a LUXURY...   More than a LIFESTYLE...  
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INVESTMENT !
 

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BOATING on LAKE GASTON, VA/NC

This 20,300 acre reservoir along the Roanoke River basin is 34 miles long and has 350 miles of shoreline.  Boating Lake GastonThe water feeds in from the Kerr Lake Dam at Buggs Island, VA.  

For a list of marinas and public boat landings, click the "Marinas" link on left. 

Power boats are permitted on the lake, and aside from the plentiful number of jet skis, the most common types of boats are pontoons/deck, ski /wakeboard boats and bass or fishing boats.  The main lake is about a mile wide, and sail boats are a delight to see on those sunny breezy days. 

All of the many creeks of Lake Gaston can be accessed by motorized boatsLake Gaston's Lizard Creek Bridge.  Yes, ALL!  Several of the creeks, especially on the north shore of the lake have bridges to boat under, but the culverts really are wide & tall enough to clear the majority of boats if you lower the boat's bimini top or ski rack.  In fact, this bridge on the right crossing over Lizard Creek provided a safe haven for my pontoon when a thunderstorm quickly blew in!

Approaching the culverts at the "no wake" or slow rate of speed is required and allows drivers going under the bridge to line up the boat and assess the clearance height which can fluctuate, usually within a foot.  

If boating along shorelines, around points of land, or toward the end of creeks and coves, be very careful of shallow water, stumps or sandbars.

 

FOR BOATING & PWC INFORMATION, HERE ARE A FEW SITES TO VISIT:  (NOTE the potentially different regulations between states and between boats & personal watercraft (jet skis).

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BOATING in Virginia: VA DEPT OF GAME & INLAND FISHERIES

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BOATING in North Carolina: NC WILDLIFE RESOURCE COMMISSION
 

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Virginia Boating Law Basics

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North Carolina Boating Law Basics

 
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Virginia Watercraft Owners Guide

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BOATING EQUIPMENT GUIDE: Quick Reference
 

Boating Safety Courses & Certificates (on-line)
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Boating Basics Online

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(Free) PWC Safety School: (Jet Ski)  (Certified only for NC)

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(Free) Boat U.S. Foundation Online Boating Course (Certified only for NC)

PLEASE...  before and after using any Lake Gaston boat ramp, be sure to check your boat, motor, and trailer to be sure there is no lake vegetation (dead or alive) caught up or hanging from anything.  This will help prevent  spreading of Hydrilla and other aquatic weeds to & from Lake Gaston and other bodies of water. 

SNAPSHOT:

State where Boating

State of Residence

Vessel is Registered

Follow law for this State:

Minimum Age

PWC
Boating Safety Certificate Required

Motorboat
Boating Safety Certificate Required

Training Required

 

VA or NC

VA

VA

VA

14 for PWC

20 yrs & younger (eff. 7/1/09)

35 yrs & younger (eff. 7/1/10)

50 yrs & younger (eff. 7/1/11)

ALL - 7/1/12

20 yrs + younger (eff. 7/1/11)

Minimum age increases each July until 2016  when ALL operators must be certified.

Approved by NASBLA

VA

NC

VA

VA

 

 

 

 

NC

VA

NC

VA

 

 

 

 

VA or NC

NC

NC

NC

14 for PWC

25 yrs & younger (for 10+ HP)

25 yrs & younger (for 10+ HP)

Approved by NASBLA

VA

VA

NC

NC

 

 

 

 

NC

NC

VA

NC

 

 

 

 

VA or NC

Not VA or NC

 

State of Residence

 

 

 

 

 

VA Enforcement follows laws of the state where the boat is registered & where operator resides. 
   A non-authorized operator can operate under the direct, onboard supervision of an authorized operator.

NC Enforcement follows laws of the state where operator resides

VA & NC:  Operator must possess proof of age, residency & training (if required) while operating the PWC or Motorboat