Be Prepared

Waterway Tips To Remember

Our waterways are used for both commercial transportation as well as recreational activities. Always use caution and know your surroundings.


Look For Lights

Pay attention for ship, tug or towboat lighting at night, specifically their sidelights rather than their masthead lights.


Use Safe Anchorage

Do not tie up to Coast Guard navigation aids like buoys. 


Tune to VHF Radio

If the equipment is available, listen to VHF radio channels 13 and 16, which are also used by ships, towboats and tugboats on the waterways.


Did You Know?

A towboat can travel one mile in seven minutes–a ship even faster–and it generally takes 3/4 to 1-1/2 miles to stop.