Visit the Safe Boating Celebration at Lake Pleasant

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Is your watercraft safe and ready for the water? If you hesitated while answering this question, then you won’t want to miss the 2008 Arizona Safe Boating Celebration at Lake Pleasant Regional Park on May 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Boating experts from the Arizona Game and Fish Department will be present and free vessel safety checks will be offered by the U.S. Power Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at the ten- and four-lane boat ramps.

The average check takes approximately 15 minutes and can be performed while you’re preparing to launch your boat. During the check, examiners will review federal and state boating laws and recommend equipment that will help to ensure that your boat is operating safely. Experts will also be on hand to provide information on how to select the right lifejacket, the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, and those pesky aquatic hitchhikers – quagga mussels.

Don’t have a boat? No problem. Visit the vintage life jacket display to see how life jackets have evolved over the years, or take a wakeboard or kayak out for a test drive at the ten-lane boat ramp. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the morning. The event is included in the $5 per vehicle park entry fee.

For more information on the event, visit www.azsafeboating.org. Lake Pleasant Regional Park is located at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road in Morristown. From I-17, take SR-74 (Carefree Highway) west; turn right at Mile Post 19; three miles to the park entrance. For additional information on the park, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant.