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Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters
Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said. For those who've already taken a course, "they'll have to dig out their card or certificate to get the waiver."

To take advantage of the lake use fee waiver, boaters will have to present proof of having completed a National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course at their time of entry. NASBLA approved courses include those offered by any state, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or organizations like the United States Power Squadrons. Proof may be in the form of a boater education card or certificate of completion.

According to Pfiffner, Nevada mandates that boaters born on or after January 1, 1983 complete a boating education course before operating a motorboat of more than 15 horsepower on Nevada's interstate waters. These waters include Mead and Mohave.

Dickinson says that with lake levels due to rise this summer, boating conditions on Lake Mead will be some of the best in years.

Safe boating course information is available at:

Nevada Department of Wildlife: http://www.ndow.org

Arizona Department of Game and Fish: http://www.azgfd.gov

California Department of Boating and Waterways: http://www.dbw.ca.gov

U.S. Coast Guard: http://www.uscgboating.org