For the perfect boat day, visit Lake Marion or Lake Moultrie in Santee, South Carolina.

How to Prepare for a Fun and Safe Boat Day in Santee, South Carolina

Home to South Carolina’s largest lakes, Santee is the perfect place for a boat day. With 150,000 acres of water and 700 miles of shoreline, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie offer scenic views with their beautiful cypress trees and fascinating wildlife. Below are some ways to enjoy your boat day while staying safe.

Boat Safety 101
  • Check the weather beforehand
  • Make sure to familiarize yourself with the navigation aids and buoy system in the area
  • Have a designated boat driver
  • Gather all life vests and make sure they are in good condition and the right size for all passengers
  • Put the boat plug in
  • Throw a personal floating device such as a raft or cooler if someone falls overboard

To learn more ways to prepare before and during your boat excursion check out South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) website to learn more. Also, check out these South Carolina boating safety tips from Sgt. Angus MacBride with SCDNR.

Fun in the Sun
  • Make a “boat day” playlist
  • Bring a speaker
  • Bring and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Pack plenty of snacks
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply as needed
  • Bring watersport gear (e.g., water skiing, wakeboarding, etc.)

Learn more about Santee’s public boat ramps, boat rentals and tours by reading our latest blog post or visiting the explore page.

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