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Subject 391-4-5 BOATING REGULATIONS

Rule 391-4-5-.01 Purpose

The purpose of these Rules is to implement the public safety and natural resource protection responsibilities assigned to the Department with respect to the various types of boating activities which occur on the waters of the State.

Rule 391-4-5-.02 Definitions

For the purpose of these rules, the term:

(a) "Applicant" means any person who files an application with the Department for permission to hold a marine event;
(b) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Natural Resources of the State of Georgia;
(c) "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Georgia;
(d) "Marine events" means any organized and/or advertised regatta, boat race, marine parade, water event, tournament or exhibition, excluding fishing tournaments, which by its nature, circumstance or location will introduce extra or unusual hazards to the public safety or the life of any person on the waters of this State or to the natural resources of this State;
(e) "Person" means any municipal corporation, county or legal consolidation thereof, individual, partnership, corporation, public or private authority and shall include the State of Georgia and all its departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, authorities, and any other agencies or instrumentalities;
(f) "Sponsor" means the person to whom the Department issues a permit to hold a marine event.

Rule 391-4-5-.03 Application for Marine Event Permit

(1) Any person seeking to conduct a marine event shall submit an application to the Department at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the proposed marine event; provided, however, a person seeking to conduct a marine event which is likely to attract 10,000 or more participants and spectators shall submit an application to the Department at least ninety (90) days prior to such proposed event.
(2) Permit applications shall be on forms furnished by the Department and may be submitted for single or multiple events.
(3) The issuance of a permit for a marine event to be held on the waters of this state shall be conditioned upon the receipt of either an indemnity bond or forfeiture bond as outlined in subparagraphs (a) and (b) below:
(a) The issuance of a permit for a marine event to be held on the waters of this State, when it is anticipated that such event will attract 10,000 or more participants shall be conditioned upon the receipt of an indemnity bond as required in subsection (c) of Section 6, of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, and Rule 391-4-5-.18 herein.
(b) The issuance of a permit for a marine event to be held on the waters of this State, when it is anticipated that such event will attract 10,000 or more participants and spectators, shall be conditioned upon the receipt of a forfeiture bond as required in subsection (c) of Section 6, of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, and Rule 391-4-5-.18 herein.
(4) Prior to the issuance of a permit for a marine event proposed to be held in an area where two or more governmental entities have jurisdiction, the Commissioner may consult with any of the affected governmental entities concerning said permit.
(5) Non-compliance with the provisions of the Georgia Boat Safety Act or these regulations may constitute basis for revocation of permit.
(6) Any person seeking to conduct an organized and/or advertised regatta, boat race, marine parade, tournament or exhibition, who believes that such event may not introduce the degree of extra or unusual hazard that would require the event to be defined as a "marine event", may request a determination, in advance of the times specified in subsection (1) above, of whether a permit will be required.
(7) The sponsor's written certification of the following circumstances and conditions will justify a determination that no permit is required unless the Commissioner determines that despite said certification, the proposed event does pose an extra or unusual hazard so as to require a permit:
(a) The event will not attract more than 500 spectators and/or participants.
(b) All participants in the event are either knowledgeable or have been notified of the requirements of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, with special attention to the safety equipment provisions.
(c) The event will not be publicized by paid advertising in the public media.
(d) The event will not preempt the public's unrestricted use of the resource base.
(e) The person responsible for the management of the water body upon which the event will be held has been notified thereof and appropriate consultation with such person has occurred.
(8) Repealed.
(9) Notice of Denial.
(a) Whenever the Commissioner has denied a permit for an event which has been advertised sufficiently to allow him to reasonably infer that prospective participants, in the absence of notice of said denial, would gather at the advertised time and place and be likely to attempt to proceed with the event despite the lack of a permit, he may require the sponsor to notify the public of the denial of the permit and that such event will not be held. The notice shall be disseminated at a time and in a manner calculated to effectively reach the members of the public to whom the previous advertising was directed.
(b) Whenever the Commissioner has received information on the basis of which he can reasonably conclude that any person has, without submitting an application therefor, promoted, organized or advertised a proposed marine event the conduct of which requires a permit, he may notify said person that he shall not conduct or participate in such marine event without the required permit therefor. In the event said person fails or refuses to apply for a permit within a reasonable time thereafter, the Commissioner may require such person to notify the public that the advertised marine event will not be held due to failure or refusal to apply for or the denial of a permit. Such notice shall be disseminated at a time and in a manner calculated to effectively reach the members of the public to whom the previous advertising was directed.

Rule 391-4-5-.04 Marine Event Public Safety Requirements

The applicant shall submit written verification that the person responsible for management of the waters in question has been notified of the proposed marine event(s). In addition, any application for a permit to conduct a marine event requiring a bond shall provide written verification that the appropriate authorities have acknowledged to the applicant their capability and willingness to supply adequate safety, security, traffic control, law enforcement, emergency medical assistance, and appropriate protection or denial of access to private property or that the applicant has the capability and is willing to provide the above stated services.

Rule 391-4-5-.05 Marine Event Boating Safety Requirements

The sponsor shall ensure that all participants are either knowledgeable or have been notified of the requirements of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, with special attention to the safety equipment provisions. Such equipment shall include, but shall not be limited to, Type I, II, III, or IV, U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices.

The Department may require that because of the special hazards posed by some types of marine events, participants and spectators on the water during such events shall at all times wear the above - mentioned personal flotation devices.

Vessel operators in a sanctioned motor vessel race with an approved Marine Event Permit are exempt from the age restrictions on vessel operation set forth in Chapter 7 of Title 52 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated while they are operating a vessel within the area approved for the race as a participant in the race.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to relieve participants and spectators of their responsibility for compliance with the Georgia Boat Safety Act.

Rule 391-4-5-.06 Marine Event Construction and Buoyancy Requirements

(1) The Department may restrict the participation in such events to vessels whose construction materials are inherently buoyant (e.g. wood) or which have buoyancy materials built into them, unless the sponsor agrees to remove from the water body any nonbuoyant vessels that may sink during the event.
(2) The Department may restrict the participation of vessels in such events to those constructed in such a manner that they can reasonably be expected to be put in, floated upon and removed in one piece.
(3) Buoyancy materials for those vessels whose construction materials are not inherently buoyant will be limited to those which will not easily fragment or become separated from the vessel. Polystyrene blocks will be allowed only if suitably encased to prevent fragmentation.

Rule 391-4-5-.07 Marine Event Time Limits

The Department, when issuing a permit, shall set appropriate time limits for such marine event. During the time periods set by permit for a marine event, the Department may establish specific periods for the use of cut-outs and unnumbered vessels as provided in the Georgia Boat Safety Act.

Rule 391-4-5-.08 Marine Event Solid Waste Disposal Requirements

To minimize the degradation of the natural resources involved, the Department may require the sponsor:

(a) to ensure that sufficient solid waste containers are available to accommodate the convenient deposit of all solid waste generated by the marine event.
(b) to ensure that participants and sponsor-approved concessionaires are notified of the requirements of the Georgia Litter Control Law; and
(c) any other requirements deemed reasonably necessary to prevent the degradation of the natural resources.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to relieve participants, spectators and sponsor-approved concessionaires of their responsibility for compliance with the Georgia Litter Control Law. Ga. Laws 1970, p. 494.

Rule 391-4-5-.09 Marine Event Sanitary Facilities

The sponsor may be required to ensure that there are sufficient sanitary facilities available to accommodate expected participants and spectators.

Rule 391-4-5-.10 Marine Event Debris Recovery

The sponsor may be required to provide sufficient means for remedial recovery and proper disposal of all sunken and floating debris. If the event is held on a river or stream, the debris recovery program shall include intensive recovery activity immediately downstream of the completion point during and immediately following the event.

Rule 391-4-5-.11 Marine Event Site Restoration

The sponsor may be required to restore all land and water areas impacted by the marine event to their pre-event natural state within a reasonable time to be determined by the Department.

Rule 391-4-5-.12 Marine Event Special Boating Restrictions

The Department may establish restrictions on the movements of vessels or other types of watercraft and flotation devices, including but not limited to inner tubes, and inflatable rafts, and other water activities in the immediate area of the event. Whenever the Commissioner issues a marine event permit under circumstances in which the permitted event will fully utilize the recreative capacity of the water body or portion thereof upon which it will be held, or the nature or size of the event or public safety considerations dictate that the water body be closed, for the duration of the permitted event, to use by anyone not an official participant in the event, he may declare that the exclusive use of the said water body or portion thereof is devoted to the permitted event. This exclusive use declaration shall limit the use of the waters so designated to only those persons who are authorized to participate in the permitted marine event. The sponsor of an exclusive use marine event shall be required as specified by the conditions of the permit to mark, by means of buoys, signs or other appropriate means, the said water body or portion thereof so as to notify the public of the extent and duration of exclusive use. Such sponsor may also be required, when the exclusive use is likely to pre-empt a large number of potential users, to notify the public of the exclusive use, its extent and duration by an appropriate form of public notice, including use of news media. It shall be unlawful for any person not an official participant in a permitted event to fail to obey markers, buoys, or signs designating water bodies or portions thereof as closed for exclusive use for the duration of the permitted marine event.

Rule 391-4-5-.13 Public Notice of Marine Events

After issuance of a permit, the Department may require the sponsor to give the public full and adequate notice of the time and location of the marine event, together with full and complete information of any pertinent restrictions as imposed under the authority of section 391-4-5-.12.

Rule 391-4-5-.14 Marine Event Navigational Aids

The Department may require the sponsor to provide aids to navigation, as deemed necessary to assist in the observance and enforcement of any restrictions established for the holding of a marine event.

Rule 391-4-5-.15 Criteria for Issuing Marine Event Permits

In the issuance of a marine event permit, the Commissioner may, based on the application submitted, the magnitude of the event, the water body on which it will be held, the capability of the applicant or his agents, representatives or employees to comply with the public safety and natural resource protection requirements contained in these regulations, the applicant's previous experience, the Department's previous experience in regulating similar events and such other information as may be pertinent, require of the applicant the following additional information for the purpose of determining his eligibility to receive such a permit:

(a) for marine events likely to attract 10,000 or more participants and/or spectators, the ability to meet the bonding requirements of subsection (c) of Section 6 of the Georgia Boat Safety Act and rule 391-45-.18 herein;
(b) assurance that the public safety requirements listed in Rule 391-4-5-.04 can be provided, each listed service, the type and amount of services and manpower to be provided by such persons and the plan for coordinating the activities of the public safety authorities assisting in the conduct of the event;
(c) the ability to notify participants of the boating safety requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.05, including a plan for disseminating these requirements to participants and water-borne spectators;
(d) the ability to assure that all vessels entered in the event will be restricted to those constructed in such a manner and having buoyancy materials complying with Rule 391-4-5-.06;
(e) the submittal of an agenda indicating the schedule of activities which will take place during the time allotted for the permitted event as provided in Rule 391-4-5-.07;
(f) the ability to meet the solid waste disposal requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.08, including plans specifying the types of containers which will be used to accommodate solid waste generated during the event, the location of such containers during the event and plans for the disposition of the solid waste at the conclusion of the event, explanations of how participants and sponsor-approved food and beverage concessionaires will be notified of the requirements of the Georgia Litter Control Law;
(g) the ability to meet the requirements for sanitary facilities as required in Rule 391-4-5-.09, including plans for determining an adequate number of facilities for a permitted event, plans for the placement of the facilities in the area of the permitted event and plans for removal of sanitary facilities and disposal of waste materials;
(h) plans for debris recovery as required in Rule 391-4-5-.10 including provisions for the recovery of sunken and floating debris in the area of the permitted event, plus all debris generated by the event down-stream of the finish point if the event is to be held on a river or stream;
(i) the ability to meet the site restoration requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.11, including plans for restoring areas within the permitted event to their pre-event condition when such areas have been negatively impacted by large crowds which disrupt vegetation, soils and other natural or man-made features present at the event site; and
(j) overall ability to coordinate the requirements contained in this subsection into a single comprehensive plan for the conduct of a marine event.

Rule 391-4-5-.16 Criteria for Selecting Among Competing Applicants

If two or more applicants otherwise meeting the requirements of this chapter desire to conduct marine events on the same body of water during the same period of time, and if the Commissioner determines that in his best judgment a particular body of water has the natural resource capacity to support only one marine event during a given period of time, he may determine that one exclusive marine event permit is in the best interest of the public. In such an instance, the Commissioner shall issue a permit to one of the applicants after carefully evaluating all applications on the basis of the following additional considerations:

(a) the past experience of the applicant in conducting marine events or other similar activities in a manner consistent with the protection of public safety and of natural resources;
(b) the balance of public costs associated with conducting each applicant's proposed marine event, i.e. public safety, environmental degradation, and the financial and manpower burden of public agencies, as compared with the public recreational benefits likely to result from each applicant's proposed marine event.

Rule 391-4-5-.17 Restriction of Waters

Whenever the Commissioner determines in advance that any of the waters of this State and their adjoining upland resource are not capable, without sustaining damage, of withstanding an unlimited number of marine events in any period of time, he may restrict the size, number, or duration of events that will be permitted for the said period of time on said waters and their adjoining upland resource. In determining an appropriate period of time for which to impose such restrictions, the Commissioner shall consider the size of the water body, the fragility of the ecosystem in the water body and its adjoining upland resource, the likelihood of applications for large marine events to be held thereon and his ability to protect the natural resource values of the potentially affected area by means of permit conditions. Such restrictions and their duration shall be publicly announced in a manner calculated to provide a reasonable time for preparation and submittal of applications for permits for marine events within the restricted area and in any event no less than 90 days prior to the effective date of such restriction.

Rule 391-4-5-.18 Criteria for Requiring Indemnity and Forfeiture Bonds and for Declaring Default Thereon

(1) Indemnity bonds.
(a) In determining when the sponsor of a marine event shall be required to post an indemnity bond, in establishing the amount of such indemnity bond up to the maximum amount set forth in law, in determining when the Commissioner may make a demand on the bond, and in determining the amount of such demand, the Commissioner may consider the following:
1. the type and amount of services and manpower to be provided by such sponsor and the plan for coordinating the activities of public service agencies assisting in the conduct of and cleanup after the proposed event;
2. the ability of the sponsor to ensure that all vessels entered in the event are restricted to those constructed in such a manner and having buoyancy materials complying with Rule 391-4-5-.06;
3. the ability of the sponsor to meet the solid waste disposal requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.08; including plans specifying the types of containers which will be used to accommodate solid waste generated during the event, the location of such containers during the event and plans for the disposition of the solid waste at the conclusion of the event and explanations of how participants and sponsor-approved food and beverage concessionaires will be notified of the requirements of the Georgia Litter Control Law;
4. the ability of the sponsor to meet the requirements for sanitary facilities as required in Rule 391-4-5-.09, including plans for determining an adequate number of facilities for a permitted event, plans for the placement of the facilities in the area of the permitted event and plans for removal of sanitary facilities and disposal of waste materials;
5. the sponsor's plans for debris recovery as required in Rule 391-45-.10 including provisions for the recovery of sunken and floating debris in the area of the permitted event, plus all debris generated by the event downstream of the finish point if the event is to held on a river or stream;
6. the ability of the sponsor to meet the site restoration requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.11, including plans for restoring areas within the permitted event to their pre-event condition;
7. the total number of anticipated participants and spectators;
8. the past experience of the Department in dealing with and/or regulating previous events of the same type, size, nature, structure or within the same type geographical or topographical area or previous events conducted by the proposed sponsor;
9. the actual extent of compliance by the sponsor with cleanup, site restoration and waste disposal requirements;
10. the actual extent of demand upon the Department including actual expenses, labor, equipment usage, etc., to provide cleanup and site restoration due to failure of the sponsor to adequately fulfill the requirements related to cleanup, site restoration and waste disposal.
(b) Whenever the sponsor of a marine event for which an indemnity bond has been posted fails or refuses to comply with the conditions of its permit relating to clean up after the event or whenever it becomes apparent to the Department that the said sponsor will be unable to comply with those conditions within the time limit set forth in the said permit, the Department shall notify the sponsor and the bonding company of its finding of the sponsor's present or imminent default and its intent to proceed with the necessary clean up unless, within a specified period, the sponsor and the bonding company achieve full compliance with the said permit conditions. Upon a failure of the sponsor or the bonding company or both to achieve full compliance with the said permit conditions within the period specified in the notice, the Department will proceed with the necessary clean up, calculate its costs, including labor, equipment use and maintenance, materials and supplies, and declare the indemnity bond forfeited to the extent of its costs in accomplishing the clean up.
(2) Forfeiture Bonds.
(a) In determining when the sponsor of a marine event shall be required to post a forfeiture bond, in establishing the amount of such forfeiture bond up to the maximum amount set forth in law, in determining when the Commissioner may make demand on the bond, and in determining if such demand will be for an amount less than the face amount of the bond, the Commissioner may consider the following:
1. the type and amount of services and manpower to be provided by such sponsor and the plan for coordinating the activities of public service agencies assisting in the conduct of and clean up after the proposed event;
2. the ability of the sponsor to ensure that all vessels entered in the event are restricted to those constructed in such a manner and having buoyancy materials complying with Rule 391-4-5-.06;
3. the ability of the sponsor to meet the solid waste disposal requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.08, including plans specifying the types of containers which will be used to accommodate solid waste generated during the event, the location of such containers during the event and plans for the disposition of the solid waste at the conclusion of the event and explanations of how participants and sponsor-approved food and beverage concessionaires will be notified of the requirements of the Georgia Litter Control Law;
4. the ability of the sponsor to meet the requirements for sanitary facilities as required in Rule 391-4-5-.09, including plans for determining an adequate number of facilities for a permitted event, plans for the placement of the facilities in the area of the permitted event and plans for removal of sanitary facilities and disposal of waste materials;
5. the sponsor's plans for debris recovery as required in Rule 391-4-5-.10 including provisions for the recovery of sunken and floating debris in the area of the permitted event, plus all debris generated by the event downstream of the finish point if the event is to be held on a river or stream;
6. the ability of the sponsor to meet the site restoration requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.11, including plans for restoring areas within the permitted event to their pre-event condition;
7. the total number of anticipated participants and spectators;
8. the past experience of the Department in dealing with and/or regulating previous events of the same type, size, nature, structure or within the same type geographical or topographical area, or previous events conducted by the proposed sponsor:
9. the ability of the sponsor to ensure compliance with the public safety requirements listed in Rule 391-4-5-.04;
10. the ability of the sponsor to enlist a sufficient number of authorized peace officers as required by law;
11. the ability of the sponsor to ensure compliance with the boating safety requirements contained in Rule 391-4-5-.05 and in the Georgia Boat Safety Act;
12. the overall ability of the sponsor to coordinate the requirements of the applicable laws, rules, regulations and permits issued into a single comprehensive plan for the conduct of a water event;
13. the anticipated size and magnitude of the proposed event;
14. the actual extent of compliance by the sponsor with cleanup, site restoration and waste disposal requirements;
15. the existence of unusual public safety hazards inherent in the event;
16. the fragility of the ecosystem in which the event is sought to be conducted.
(b) Whenever the sponsor of a marine event for which a forfeiture bond has been posted fails or refuses to comply with any provision of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, these Rules or any of the conditions of its permit, the Commissioner may declare a forfeiture of the face amount of said bond or that portion of the face amount of the bond which he deems appropriate based on the extent of failure or refusal on the part of the sponsor. In making his decision, he may consider the following:
1. violations relating to public safety;
2. violations relating to requirements for the provision of facilities for the comfort and convenience of participants and spectators;
3. violations of requirements relating to preventing, minimizing or mitigating damage to the water body and surrounding area.
(c) The Commissioner shall have the discretion to determine the precise amount to be declared forfeited, depending upon the seriousness and degree of the noncompliance.

Rule 391-4-5-.19 Designated Swimming Areas

In order to implement certain provisions of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, and specifically those provisions of paragraph (5) of subsection (c) of Section 11 of said Act relating to boating safety zones within the boundaries of designated swimming areas, the following swimming areas and beaches are identified as designated swimming, areas:

(a) Allatoona Lake
1. Sweetwater Camping Area
2. Cushing Memorial Park
3. CS-Ta Recreation Area
4. Payne Campground
5. Galt's Public Use Area
6. McKaskey Creek Campground
7. Red Top Mountain State Park
8. Allatoona Beach
9. Clark Creek South Campground
10. Tanyard Creek Public Use Area
11. FORSCOM Recreation Area
12. Dallas Road Public Use Area
13. U.S. Naval Recreation Area
14. Bartow County Park
15. Bartow Carver Park
16. Old Highway 41 Public Use Area #1
17. Old Highway 41 Campground #3
18. Atlanta Boys' Club
19. Camp Pine Acres
20. Camp Scout Haven
21. Chapel Knoll Beach
(b) Lake Blue Ridge
1. Morganton Point Beach
(c) Carters Lake
1. Harris Branch Public Use Area Beach
(d) Lake Lanier
1. West Bank Park Beaches (3)
2. Lanier Beach South
3. Two Mile Creek Park
4. Chattahoochee Country Club Beach
5. Laural Park
6. Holly Park
7. Van Pugh Park
8. University Yacht Club Beach
9. Big Creek Park Beaches (3)
10. Lake Lanier Islands Beach
11. Lanier Park Beach
12. Pine Isle Beach
(e) Lake Hartwell
1. Long Point #1
2. Long Point #2
3. Hart State Park
4. Tugaloo State Park
5. Hartwell Shores
6. Bruce Creek
7. Elrod's Ferry
8. Big Oaks
9. Chandler's Ferry
(f) Lake Chatuge
1. Towns County Recreation Area
(g) Lake Nottely
1. Nottely Swimming Area
(h) Lake Burton
1. Lake Burton Public Swimming Area
(i) Lake Rabun
1. Rabun Beach
(j) West Point Lake
1. Pyne Road Park
2. Earl Cook Access Area
3. Yellowjacket Access Area
(k) Lake Oliver
1. Green Island Hill Swimming Area
(l) Clark Hill Lake
1. West Dam Access Area
2. Wildwood Park
3. Fort Gordon Recreation Center
4. Mistletoe State Park
5. Raysville Boat Club
6. Elijah Clark State Park
7. Lake Springs Park
(m) Lake Oconee
1. Park's Ferry Public Use Area
2. Old Salem Public Use Area
3. Lawrence Shoals Public Use Area
(n) Lake Sinclair
1. Lake Sinclair Recreation Area (Federal Park)
2. Little River Park
3. Rocky Creek Park
4. Oconee Springs Park
(o) Lake Jackson
1. Georgia Power Park - West side of Lloyd Shoals Dam
2. Turtle Cove - East side of Alcovy River directly south of Will White Neck
3. Kersey's Marine
(p) Lake Walter F. George
1. Cotton Hill Park Public Use Area
2. Sandy Creek Park
3. East Bank Public Use Area
(q) Lake Seminole
1. Seminole State Park
2. Bainbridge Boat Basin
3. Bass Island
4. East Bank Public Use Area.
(r) Ogeechee River - U.S. Highway 17
1. King's Ferry Park
(s) Diamond Causeway (Skidaway Island Road at Intracoastal Waterway-Chatham County)
1. Diamond Causeway Park
(t) Lake Tobesofkee
1. Sandy Beach Park
2. Claystone Park Beach
3. Flintrock Park Beach
4. Arrowhead Park Beach
(u) Lake Blackshear
1. Georgia Veterans State Park
(v) Lake Richard B. Russell
1. Coldwater State Park
(w) Hard Labor Creek State Park (Lake Rutledge)
1. State Park Swimming Beach
(x) Reed Bingham State Park Lake
1. State Park Swimming Beach

Rule 391-4-5-.20 Restricted Use Areas

In order to implement certain provisions of the Georgia Boat Safety Act, as amended, and specifically those provisions of subsection (b) of Section 17 of said Act relating to restricted use of public waters in the vicinity of properly marked marinas, bridges, public access ramps and blind points, the followings areas are identified as restricted use areas:

(1) Marinas:
(a) Allatoona Lake
1. Cushing Memorial Park
2. CS-Ta Recreation Area
3. Victoria Landing
4. Galt's Ferry Landing
5. Atlanta Yacht Club
6. Allatoona Yacht Club
7. Park Marina
8. Red Top Mountain State Park, Little Marina
9. Allatoona Marina and Landing
10. King's Camp
11. Holiday Marina
12. U.S. Naval Recreation Area
13. Wilderness Camp
14. FORSCOM Recreation Area
15. Little River Landing
(b) Lake Blue Ridge
1. Blue Ridge Marina
(c) Carters Lake
1. Carters Blue Ridge Mountain Marina
(d) Lake Lanier
1. Habersham Marine
2. Baldridge Marine
3. Gerald's Marina
4. Stouffer's Marina
5. Holiday Marina
6. University Yacht Club
7. Lanier Yacht Club
8. Kelley's Marina
9. Aqualand Marina
10. Aqualand Sail Boat Docks
11. Lake Lanier Sailing Club
12. Snug Harbor Marina
13. Lan-Mar Marina
14. Long Hollow Boat Docks
15. Athens Boat Club
16. Gainesville Marina
17. Chattahoochee Boat Club
18. American Legion Boat Docks
19. Lanier Beach South Boat Docks
20. Rockport Boat Docks
21. Lazy Days Dry Storage Boat Docks
22. Lake Lanier Island Authority Docks and Boat Rental
(e) Lake Hartwell
1. Hartwell Marina
2. Harbor Light Marina
(f) Lake Chatuge
1. Mountain View Cottages
2. Lake Chatuge Marina
3. Shady Rest Marina
4. One-Stop Marina, Inc.
5. B & B Marina
(g) Lake Nottely
1. Terry's Marina
(h) Lake Burton
1. Cherokee Landing
2. Leprade's Marina
3. Anchorage Marina
(i) Lake Rabun
1. Hall's Boat House
2. Rabun Beach Grocery
(j) West Point Lake
1. Highland Marina
(k) Bartlett's Ferry Lake
1. Syferrette Marina
(l) Lake Oliver
1. Municipal Marina
(m) Clark Hill Lake
1. Augusta Sailing and Boat Club
2. Tradewinds Marina
3. Fort Gordon Recreation Center Marina
4. Tommy Shaw's Little River Sportsman Camp
5. Raysville Boat Club
6. Raysville Marina
7. Thomson Boat Club
8. Soap Creek Lodge
(n) Lake Oconee
1. Granite Shoals Marina
2. Collis Brothers' Marina
3. Blue Springs Marina
4. Sugar Creek Marina
(o) Lake Sinclair
1. Haslam's Marina
2. Sinclair Marina
3. Bass Boat House
4. Little River Park Marina
5. Lakeside Marina
6. Crooked Creek Marina
7. Oconee Springs Park Marina
(p) Lake Jackson
1. Martin's Marina
2. Kersey's Marina
3. Rocky Point Marina (Jackson Lake Marina)
4. Walker Harris' Marina
5. Betty's Boat Dock
6. Bear Creek Marina
(q) Lake Blackshear
1. Smoak Bridge Marina
2. Lakeshore Marina
3. Camper's Haven Marina
(r) Lake Walter F. George
1. Clay County Marina
2. Florence Marina
(s) Lake Seminole
1. Dunn's Landing
2. Kelley's Marina
3. Stone's Landing
4. Wingate's Lodge
5. Holley Isles
(t) Altamaha River -- Wayne County
1. Jaycee Landing
(u) Ogeechee River -- U.S. Highway 17
1. Ogeechee Marine
(v) Lake Richard B. Russell
1. Beaverdam Marina
(w) South Brunswick River
1. Blythe Island Regional Park Marina
(2) Bridges:
(a) Allatoona Lake
1. Knox Bridge -- Georgia Highway 20
2. Little River Bridge -- Georgia Highway 205
3. Kellogg Creek Bridge
4. Bethany Bridge
5. Clark Creek Bridge
6. Railroad Bridge
7. Interstate 75 (dual span)
8. Georgia Highway 293 Bridge
9. U.S. Highway 41 Bridge
(b) Lake Lanier
1. Six Mile Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 369
2. Two Mile Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 369
3. Wilkie Bridge -- Georgia Highway 136
4. Peck's Bridge -- Georgia Highway 283, Wahoo Creek
5. Bell's Mill Bridge -- U.S. Highway 129, East Fork Little River
6. Lula Bridge -- Georgia Highway 52
7. Clark's Bridge -- Georgia Highway 284
8. Clark's Bridge -- McEver Road, Flowery Branch Creek
9. Russell Bridge -- Lake Lanier Islands
(c) Lake Hartwell
1. Flat Shoals Bridge -- Georgia Highway 51
2. Little Lightwood Log Bridge -- Georgia 51
3. Vandiver Bridge -- Interstate 85
4. U.S. Highway 123 Bridge
5. Southern Railroad Trestle
6. Prather's Bridge -- Georgia Highway 184
7. Gum Log Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 328
8. Lightwood Log Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 77
(d) Lake Burton
1. Lake Burton -- U.S. Highway 76
(e) West Point Lake
1. Glass Bridge
2. Wehadkee Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 109
3. Chattahoochee River Bridge -- Georgia Highway 109
4. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Trestle -- Wehadkee Creek
5. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Trestle -- Chattahoochee River
6. Liberty Hill Bridge -- Whitewater Creek
7. Cameron Mill Bridge -- Yellowjacket Creek
8. Yellowjacket Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 219
9. Chattahoochee River Bridge -- Georgia Highway 219
10. Beech Creek Bridge -- U.S. Highway 27
11. Yellowjacket Creek Bridge -- U.S. Highway 27
12. New River Bridge -- U.S. Highway 27
13. Chattahoochee River Bridge -- U.S. Highway 27
(f) Bartlett's Ferry Lake
1. Lickskillet Bridge
(g) Lake Oliver
1. Standing Boy Bridge
(h) Clark Hill Lake
1. Keg Creek Bridge
2. Price Legg Bridge -- Georgia Highway 47
3. Raysville Bridge -- Georgia Highway 43
4. Soap Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 220
5. Soap Creek Bridge -- U.S. Highway 278
6. McCormick Bridge -- U.S. Highway 278
7. Fishing Creek Bridge -- Georgia Highway 79
8. Broad River Bridge -- Georgia Highway 79
(i) Lake Oconee
1. Oconee River Bridge -- U.S. Highway 278
2. Apalachee River Bridge--County Road 149, Swords, Georgia
3. Georgia Railroad Trestle
4. Interstate 20 Bridge--(dual span)
5. Sugar Creek Bridge--State Road 926, Buckhead Road
6. Oconee River Bridge--Georgia Highway 44
7. Lick Creek Bridge--State Road 2167, Old Phoenix Road
8. Beaverdam Creek--County Road 63, Walker Church Road
(j) Lake Sinclair
1. Taylor Creek Bridge--Georgia Highway 212
2. Twin Bridges--County Road over Little River
3. Railroad Trestle--Little River at Haslam's Marina
4. Little River Bridge--U.S. Highway 441
5. Beaverdam Creek--U.S. Highway 441
6. Crooked Creek--County Road
7. Oconee River Bridge--Georgia Highway 16
(k) Lake Jackson
1. Barnett's Bridge--at Kersey's Marina on Tussahaw Creek
2. Water's Bridge--Georgia 212 at Alcovy River
3. Conley's Cove Bridge--Crossing Conley Cove approximately 1/4 mile East of Georgia Highway 212
(l) Lake Blackshear
1. Smoak Bridge--Georgia Highway 257
2. Seaboard Coastline Railroad
3. U.S. Highway 280 Bridge (both old and new spans)
(m) Lake Walter F. George
1. Pataula Creek Bridge--Georgia Highway 39
(n) Lake Worth
1. Philema Road Bridge--Georgia Highway 91
2. Old Leesburg Road Bridge--Georgia Highway 3
3. Seaboard Railroad Trestle--40 yards upstream from Georgia Highway 3 Bridge on Kinchafoonee Creek
4. North Slappey Bridge--U.S. Highway 19
5. Old Albany Northern Railroad Trestle
(o) Lake Seminole
1. Georgia Highway 253 Bridge--Fish Pond Drain
2. Georgia Highway 374 Bridge--Fish Pond Drain
3. Cypress Pond Bridge
4. Swinging Bridge--Bainbridge Boat Basin
(p) Ogeechee River--U.S. Highway 17
1. U.S. Highway 17 Bridge
2. Old Highway 17 Bridge
(q) Diamond Causeway (Skidaway Island Road at Intracoastal Waterway--Chatham County)
1. Diamond Causeway (Bridge)
(r) Lake Tobesofkee
1. Sike's Cove Bridge--Mosely-Dixon Road
2. Langley's Cove Bridge - Mosely-Dixon Road
3. Christopher's Cove Bridge - Mosely-Dixon Road
4. Water's Cove Bridge - Mosely-Dixon Road
5. Lower Thomaston Road Bridge
(s) Lake Chatuge
1. U.S. Highway 76 Bridge (West of Hiawassee between Hiawassee and the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds)
(t) Lake Nottely
1. Cowell Bridge - Pat Cowell Road
2. Youngcane Creek Bridge - Pat Cowell Road
(u) Lake Richard B. Russell
1. Coldwater Creek Bridge - Ruckersville Road
2. Beaverdam Creek Bridge - Herndon Mill Road
3. Little Van Creek Bridge - Little Van Creek Road
4. Beaverdam Creek Bridge - Pearl Mill Road
5. Pickens Creek Bridge - Pickens Creek Road
6. Heardmont - Dry Fork Creek Road Bridge (Road Number 244)
7. Coldwater Creek Bridge - Georgia Highway 368
8. Savannah River Bridge - Georgia Highway 368
9. Beaverdam Creek Bridge - (Middleton - Ruckersville Road)
10. Savannah River - Old Sanders Ferry Bridge
11. Savannah River Bridge - Georgia Highway 72
12. Savannah River Bridge- Georgia Highway 181
13. Savannah River - (Old Smith - McGee Bridge)
14. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Trestle - Savannah River
15. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Trestle - Beaverdam Creek
(3) Public Access Ramps:
(a) Allatoona Lake
1. Bartow Carver Park
2. CS-Ta Recreation Area
3. Holiday Marina
4. Red Top Mountain State Park (Bethany Bridge)
5. Red Top Mountain State Park (Iron Hill)
6. Old Highway 41 Public Use Area #3
7. Wilderness Camp
8. FORSCOM Recreation Area
9. Blockhouse No. 2
10. Cooper Branch No. 1
11. Little River Landing (two ramps)
12. Cherokee County Park
13. McKaskey Creek Campground
14. Clark Creek
15. Kings Camp (two ramps)
16. Macedonia Campground
17. McKinney Campground
18. Allatoona Landing
19. Websters Ferry
20. Victoria Campground
21. Galts Public Use Area
22. Kellogg Creek
23. Payne Ramp
24. Old Highway 41 #1 (2 ramps)
25. Knox Bridge
26. Sweetwater Campground
27. Dallas Road
28. Upper Stamp Creek
29. Cherokee Mills
(b) Lake Blue Ridge
1. Blue Ridge Marina
2. Lakewood Landing
(c) Carters Lake
1. Damsite Boat Ramp
2. Woodring Public Use Area
3. Doll Mountain Public Use Area
4. Ridgeway Public Use Area
5. Carters Blue Ridge Mountain Marina
(d) Lake Lanier
1. Sawnee Park
2. Little Ridge Creek Park
3. Habersham Marina Boat Ramp
4. Mary Alice Park
5. Baldridge Marina Boat Ramp
6. Pilgrim Mill Acres Boat Ramp
7. Baldridge Creek Public Use Area
8. F.A.A. Park
9. Tidwell Park
10. Deerwood
11. Lost Cove Young Deer Creek
12. Young Deer Park
13. Charleston Park
14. Six Mile Creek
15. Colonial Club Estates
16.
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17. Shady Grove Park
18. Two Mile Creek
19. Bethel Park
20. Vann's Tavern
21. Lan-Mar Marina
22. Long Hollow
23. Keith Bridge
24. War Hill
25. Thompson Creek
26. Nix Bridge
27. Athens Park
28. Lumpkin County Park
29. Bolling Mill
30. Little Hall Park
31. Duckett Mill
32. Robinson Park
33. Simpson Park
34. Sardis Creek
35. Thompson Bridge
36. Wahoo Creek
37. Belton Bridge
38. Lula Bridge
39. Clarks Bridge
40. Laural Park
41. Long Street Bridge
42. Holly Park
43. Gainesville Marina
44. River Forks Park
45. Mountain View
46. Balus Creek
47. Beaver Ruin Park
48. Crow Park
49. Old Federal Park
50. Lake Lanier Sailing Club
51. Aqualand Marina Ramps
52. Aqualand Park
53. Flowery Branch Park
54. Chestnut Ridge
55. Van Pugh Ramps
56. University Yacht Club
57. Burton Mill
58. Big Creek Ramps
59. Lanier Island Bridge Ramps
60. Little Shoal Creek Park
61. Shoal Creek Park
62. Lanier Island Ramp
63. Lanier Harbor Ramp
64. Gwinnett Park
65. Lanier Park
66. East Bank Ramp
67. Lazy Days Dry Storage Boat Docks
(e) Lake Hartwell
1. Big Oak Ramp
2. Watsadler's Ramp
3. Elrod's Ferry
4. Powder Bag
5. Duncan Branch
6. Long Point
7. Gum Branch
8. Hart State Park
9. Lightwood Log
10. Cleveland Boat Ramp
11. New Prospect
12. Mill Town
13. Carter's Ferry
14. Crawford's Ferry
15. Mary Ann Branch
16. Reed Creek
17. Chandler's Ferry
18. Payne's Creek #1
19. Payne's Creek #2
20. Rock Springs
21. Rocky Ford
22. Harbor Light
23. Franklin County Park
24. Tugaloo State Park
25. Poplar Springs
26. Holcomb Landing
27. Bruce Creek Ramp
28. Jenkins's Ferry
29. Spring Branch
30. Stephens County Ramp
31. Old Highway 123 Ramp
32. Bradberry Ramp
(f) Lake Chatuge
1. T.V.A. Boat Ramp
2. Towns County Recreation Area
3. U.S. Forest Service Ramp
4. Towns County Public Boat Ramp
5. Lost Ramp
6. Bennett's Marina
7. One-Stop Marina, Inc.
8. Shady Rest
9. Lake Chatuge Marina
10. Moutain View Cottages
(g) Lake Nottely
1. Notely Ramp
2. T.V.A. Ramp
3. McAfee Boat Ramp
4. Terry's Marina
5. Deavertown Landing
6. Reece Creek Ramp
7. Chatuge Cottages Ramp
8. Notla Landing Ramp
(h) Lake Burton
1. Cherokee Landing
2. Leprade's Marina Ramp
3. Moccasin Creek Ramp
4. Anchorage Marina Ramp
(i) Lake Rabun
1. Hall's Boat House Ramp
2. Rabun Beach Boat Ramp
(j) West Point Lake
1. East Lake Park Ramp
2. Long Cane Access Area
3. Pyne Road Park
4. Glass Bridge Park
5. Earl Cook Access Area
6. Potts Road Public Use Area
7. Bird Creek Access Area
8. Holiday Park Ramps
9. Wehadkee Public Use Area
10. Evansville Access Area
11. Caney Creek Access Area
12. State Line Road Access Area
13. Gene Autry Park
14. Liberty Hill Access Area
15. Neeley Road Boat Ramp, Whitewater Access Area
16. Highland Marina
17. Highland Marina Service Area
18. Yellowjacket Access Area
19. Sunny Point Access Area
21. Georgia Access Area
22. Wares Cross Road Public Use Area
23. Ringer Access Area
24. Franklin Boat Ramp
25. McGee Bridge Access Area
(k) Bartlett's Ferry Lake
1. Lickskillet Boat Ramp
2. Syferrette Boat Ramp
(l) Goat Rock Lake
1. Georgia Power Ramp - West Bank
2. Goat Rock Boat Ramp - East Bank
(m) Lake Oliver
1. Municipal Marina Boat Ramp
(n) Clark Hill Lake
1. Below dam, access
2. West dam Access Area
3. Petersburg Access Area
4. Lake Springs and Tradewinds Access Area
5. Wildwood Park
6. Keg Creek Access Area
7. Ridge Road Access Area
8. Fort Gordon Access Area
9. Little River Sportsman Camp
10. Mistletoe State Park, Ramp #1
11. Mistletoe State Park, Ramp #2
12. Mistletoe State Park, Ramp #3
13. Winfield Access Area
14. Rousseau Creek Access Area
15. Raysville Marina
16. Raysville Bridge Boat Ramp
17. Hart Creek Access Area
18. Smith Mill or Holiday Park Access Area
19. Lincoln County Boat Ramp, Raysville
20. Clay Hill Access Area
21. Gray's Creek Access Area
22. Leathersville Access Area
23. Lincoln County Boat Ramp, Little River
24. Double Branches, Cherokee Creek Access Area
25. Mosley's Creek Access Area
26. Chamberlin Ferry Access Area
27. Soap Creek Access Area
28. Elijah Clark State Park
29. Parkway Access Area (McCormick Bridge)
30. Elijah Clark State Park, Camping Area
31. Murray Creek Park, Camping Area
32. Murray Creek Park
33. Fishing Creek Access Area
34. Fishing Creek Access, Highway 79 Bridge
35. Hester's Ferry Access Area
36. Gill Point, Pistol Creek Access
37. Broad River Access Area
38. Pistol Creek Access Area
39. Coody Creek Access Area
40. Bobby Brown State Park #1
41. Morrah's Access Area
42. Bobby Brown State Park #2
43. Elbert County Fish & Game Conservation Club
(o) Hamburg State Park Lake
1. State Park Ramp
(p) Magnolia Springs State Park
1. State Park Ramp
(q) Lake Oconee
1. Redland Boat Ramp
2. Swords Boat Ramp
3. Park's Ferry Public Use Area
4. Sugar Creek Public Access Area
5. Armour Bridge Public Access, Richland Creek
6. Old Salem Public Use Area
7. Lakeview Marina Access Ramp
8. Long Shoals Public Use Area
9. Lawrence Shoals Public Use Area
10. Granite Shoals Marina
11. Collis Brothers' Marina
12. Blue Springs Marina
13. Double Bridges Boat Ramp (Greene County Public Landing)
14. Sugar Creek Marina Ramp
(r) Lake Sinclair
1. Green's Boat Landing
2. Lake Sinclair Recreation Area
3. Little River Park
4. Sandy's Access Ramp
5. Lakeside Marina
6. Crooked Creek Marina
7. Oconee Springs Marina
8. Hudson Park Ramp, Georgia Highway 16 Bridge
9. Haslam's Marina
10. Sinclair Marina
11. Bass Boat House
12. Rocky Creek Park
13. Devereux Landing
(s) Lake Jackson
1. Georgia Power Park
2. Martin's Marina
3. Kersey's Marina
4. Rocky Point (Jackson Lake Marina)
5. Walker Harris' Marina
6. Berry's Boat Dock and Marina
7. Bear Creek Marina
8. Alcovy Shores Ramp
9. Turtle Cove
(t) Lake Blackshear
1. Crisp County Public Landing
2. Smoak Bridge Marina
3. Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park, Ramp #1
4. Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park, Ramp #2
5. Lakeshore Marina
6. Camper's Haven Marina
7. Crisp County Power Commission, Steamplant Ramp
(u) Lake Walter F. George
1. River Bluff Park
2. Cool Branch Park
3. George T. Bagby State Park
4. Sandy Branch Public Use Area
5. Cotton Hill Park Public Use Area
6. Sandy Creek Park
7. East Bank Public Use Area
(v) Lake Worth
1. Turner Field Boat Ramp
2. Cromartie Beach Landing
3. Cleve Cox Landing
4. Chehaw Park Landing
(w) Lake Seminole
1. Desser Landing
2. Fairchild Park
3. Dunn's Landing
4. Saunder's Landing
5. Cummin's Landing
6. Kelley's Marina
7. Sealy's Landing - West
8. Sealy's Landing- East
9. Ray's Lake
10. Seminole State Park
11. Cypress Pond Landing
12. Reynolds Landing
13. Merkerson Landing
14. Brinson Station Landing
15. Ralph King Landing
16. Stone's Landing
17. Hale's Landing
18. Bainbridge Boat Basin
19. Flint River Heights
20. Mitchell County Line Boat Ramp
21. Big Slough
22. Cheney Griffin Park
23. Horse Shoe Bend
24. Faceville Landing
25. Wingate's Lodge
26. River Junction Landing
27. Booster Club Landing
28. East Bank Landing
(x) Altamaha River - Wayne County
1. Upper County Landing
2. Lower County Landing
3. Jaycee Landing
(y) Ogeechee River--U.S. Highway 17
1. Ogeechee Marine
2. King's Ferry Park
(z) Diamond Causeway (Skidaway Island Road at Intracoastal Waterway--Chatham County)
1. Diamond Causeway Park Ramp
(aa) Lake Tobesofkee
1. Claystone Park Ramps
(bb) Columbia Reservoir (George W. Andrews)
1. Koheelee Creek Ramp
2. Early County Boat Ramp (below dam on Chattahoochee River)
(cc) Kolomoki Mounds State Park (Lake Kolomoki)
1. State Park Boat Ramp
(dd) Reed Bingham State Park Lake
1. East State Park Ramp (Cook County)
2. West State Park Ramp (Colquitt County)
(ee) Lake Richard B. Russell
1. Shuck Pen Eddy Access Area
2. Elbert Park Ramp
3. Beaverdam Marina Ramp
4. Beverly Park Ramp
5. Middleton Access Area
6. Dry Fork Access Area
7. Coldwater State Park Ramp (Van Creek)
8. Coldwater State Park Ramp (Coldwater Creek)
9. Highway 368 Access Area (Coldwater Creek)
(ff) Morgan Falls Lake (Chattahoochee River--Bull Sluice)
1. Boat ramps at Chattahoochee River Park operated by Fulton County
(gg) South Brunswick River
1. Blythe Island Regional Park Ramp
(4) Blind Points:
(a) Allatoona Lake
1. Old Highway 41 Public Use Area #2 (Island)
2. Payne Campground
3. Wilderness Camp
(b) Carters Lake
1. Sharp bend in lake approximately 1/2 mile southeast Harris Branch Public Use Area
(c) Bartlett's Ferry Lake
1. Sharp bend in slough located approximately 1/4 mile NNW of Syferrette Marina
(d) Clark Hill Lake
1. Keg Creek above bridge
2. Curve in Cliatt's Creek at State Boathouse
3. Curve in Germany Creek above Raysville Boat Club
4. Curve in Hart Creek at rock pile
5. Curve in Cherokee Creek at Georgia Railroad Bank Club
6. Curve in Soap Creek below Highway 220 bridge
(e) Lake Sinclair
1. "Cut through" at east end of Baldwin County Airport between airport branch and main run (2 channels)
(f) Lake Jackson
1. Rocky Creek approximately 1/2 mile north of Lewis Neck on East side of Rocky Creek
2. Tussahaw Creek between power line and Kersey's Marina
3. Alcovy River--1/2 mile SSW of Bear Creek Marina on East Bank of river
(g) Lake Blackshear
1. Fort Early Slough
2. Lincoln Pinch
3. Beaver's Den
(h) Lake Worth
1. Moose Club area between island and bank approximately 200 yards from the mouth of Muckalee Creek where channel opens into small lake
2. 200 yards North of Philema Road Bridge at mouth of Muckalee Creek between island and bank
3. 500 yards North of Philema Road Bridge and approximately 750 yards West of Georgia Highway 3 Bridge on Kinchafoonee Creek
(i) Lake Seminole
1. Dunn's Landing
2. Cypress Pond Drain (2 points)
3. Reynolds' Landing
4. Small boat canal--between islands at intersection of Flint River and Spring Creek (4 points)
5. Faceville Landing Slough
6. Wingate's Slough
7. Fairchild Park Slough
(j) Reed Bingham State Park Lake
1. The area extending north for 100 yards from west bank boat ramp (Colquitt County side of lake)
2. The area between the wear bank and island number one (Northernmost island of four-island chain surrounding the west bank boat ramp)
3. The area between islands number 1 and 2 (numbered north to south) in the four-island chain surrounding the west bank boat ramp
(k) Lake Richard B. Russell
1. Coldwater State Park (Van Creek) half way between mouth of creek and state park swimming area
2. Coldwater Creek between green daymarker number 25 and green daymarker number 35
3. Coldwater Creek between black and white daymarker number 39 and red daymarker number 28
4. Coldwater Creek between green daymarker number 15 and green daymarker number 19

Rule 391-4-5-.21 Repealer

Any rule, or part thereof in conflict with the above rules is hereby repealed.

Rule 391-4-5-.22 Education Requirement for Vessel Rental

(1) For the purposes of this Rule, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) "Boat Livery" means a business which holds any vessel for renting, leasing,or chartering.
(b) "Person" means an individual, partnership, firm, corporation, association, or other legal entity.
(2) A boat livery may not rent, lease, or let for hire any vessel ten horsepower or more to any person under 16 years of age. On and after July 1, 2014, a boat livery may rent, lease, or let for hire a vessel ten horsepower or more to a person 16 years of age or older if such person has completed a Rental Education Course approved by the Department's Law Enforcement Division and if all persons 16 years of age or older who intend to operate such vessel have also completed the Rental Education Course.
(3) Rental Education Courses provided by boat liveries must be approved by the Department's Law Enforcement Division and must result in a Rental Education Certificate being issued upon successful completion of the Course. Rental Education Certificates shall be effective for six months after the date of issuance and shall be valid anywhere in the State of Georgia. Boat liveries may use Rental Education Course materials provided by the Department, or they may use Rental Education Course materials approved by the Department. At a minimum, a Rental Education Course must consist of a ten minute operator operation familiarization video followed by a renter orientation checklist. Such video must address the following topics in order to be approved:
(a) Operator responsibility (ethics), courtesy and good judgment on the water;
(b) Safety Equipment;
(c) Navigation Rules;
(d) Aids to navigation; buoys and other waterway markers; and
(e) Identification requirements.
(4) The requirement to complete a Rental Education Course does not apply to any person licensed by the United States Coast Guard as a master of a vessel, any person who has in his or her possession a valid boater education identification card showing that he or she has completed a boating education course approved by the Department's Law Enforcement Division, or a nonresident who has in his or her possession proof that he or she has completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators approved boater education course or equivalency examination from another state.
(5) Any person who violates this Rule shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.