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Labor Day Boating Means Lower Water Levels

Labor Day marks the end of summer boating season for most, but it’s important to remain vigilant while celebrating this weekend. TWRA reports that Tennessee has already seen 24 boating-related fatalities this year an increase from 17 at the same time last year. The 24 fatalities have surpassed the year total of 22 for 2021. TWRA Wildlife Officer Dustin Buttram: ... Read More »

Make Sure Safety Equipment Is Up-To-Date Before Boating Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the return of the summer boating season for many in the Upper Cumberland. TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Dustin Buttram said that before you take to the waters, you should have a plan in place to avoid one of the biggest boating dangers: alcohol impairment. “That’s one of the leading causes of accidents, is alcohol-related incidents,” Buttram said. ... Read More »

UC Saw Seven Fatalities From Boating In 2021

The Upper Cumberland saw seven fatalities from boating incidents in 2021. TWRA Wildlife Sergeant Dustin Buttram said that across the state, there were 21 fatalities, 72 injuries, and 93 incidents of property damage. He said that most of the incidents came from operator inattention. “Just not paying attention to their surrounding or other boats in the area, that’s one of ... Read More »

TWRA Officer Says No Excuse For Not Wearing Life Jackets

There is no excuse to go out on Upper Cumberland waterways this weekend without a life jacket on. That is according to TWRA Wildlife Officer Dustin Buttram. Buttram said a fatal mistake people often make is taking life jackets without wearing them, keeping them stored and out of reach. “They’re inside the boat, under straps holding them in or in ... Read More »

Center Hill Lake Primitive Campsite Booking Made 24/7

Center Hill Lake has made its primitive campsite booking available 24/7, with more sites available. Park Ranger Ashley Webster said patrons used to be required to call the park’s resource office but now can visit recreation.gov for bookings. Webster said 11 camping sites in seven areas will be available in 2021. “I know there’s nothing like packing your bag, packing ... Read More »

Form A Safety Plan, Stay Sober While Boating Memorial Weekend

It’s a tradition to hit the Upper Cumberland waters during the Memorial Day Weekend. TWRA Wildlife Officer Dustin Buttram said that before you do, letting someone on land know your plan can be key to getting home safe. Buttram said that someone else needs to know where you’re launching, when you’re going out and when you’re expecting to get off ... Read More »

Podcast Launched For Lake Lovers, First Timers

Upper Cumberland lake lovers can get their Dale Hollow Lake fix with a new podcast. The Dale Hollow Lake Podcast is hosted by Richard and Nathan DeVries. Nathan DeVries said working at East Point Marina the idea came out of all the questions they get from both locals and first timers. “We have people who come into our marina all ... Read More »

Dale Hollow Lake Water Levels Present Dangers For Winter Boaters

As Dale Hollow Lake’s water levels fall over the winter, officials are warning boat goers of dangerous shallows. The current water levels sit at 638 feet, 13 under the summer average. While this decrease comes naturally, Conservation Ranger Greg Nivens said the whole outlook of the lake changes with the seasons. “Just be cautious out there,” Nivens said. “You could ... Read More »

Capsized Boating Survivor Recalls Experience

Last week three Cookeville men left for fishing trip, not knowing their boat would capsize. Karim Odeh and Kevin LaRoche, both residing in Cookeville, were visiting Kevin’s father, Mark LaRoche, in Florida. They boated over 15 miles west of Bayport when they sailed into a storm. “There was kinda a light in between two extremely dark clouds, so we tried ... Read More »