Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed a proclamation establishing May 17-23, 2014, as Georgia Safe Boating Week.
As part of National Safe Boating Week, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is working with partner organizations, such as the National Safe Boating Council, to encourage safe and responsible boating. Boaters are urged to always wear a life jacket and stay alert for danger while on the water.
“Accidents on the water happen too fast to reach and put on a stowed life jacket,” said Captain Mike England. “It is important that instead, everyone consistently wears a life jacket, and that you boat responsibly.”
National Fishing & Boating Week is June 1st through the 8th. The celebration includes free fishing in Georgia.
- FREE FISHING DAYS: In the spirit of introducing new family members or friends to the sport of angling, Georgia offers two free fishing days during this special week: Saturday, June 7 and Saturday, June 14, 2014. On these days, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license in order to fish. Residents can fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas. Plus, residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area license to fish on a public fishing area or on Waters Creek on these two free fishing days.
- FREE KIDS FISHING EVENTS: In addition to the two free fishing days, free kids fishing events are scheduled across the state during the week to help introduce children to fishing. These events offer a healthy form of entertainment for kids and provide an excellent opportunity for beginning anglers to learn from experienced volunteers. Many events offer prizes, free lunches and other fun-filled activities – so make plans to attend one!