Texas Game Wardens, Army Corps of Engineers Team Up for National Safe Boating Week

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LEWISVILLE — Texas Game Wardens and the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Rangers will offer water safety education and outreach opportunities on Lake Lewisville this Memorial Day Weekend as part of National Safe Boating Week.

They will be available for interviews and ride-alongs from 1–3 p.m. May 26, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27. Discussion topics include general boating safety tips such as life jacket regulations, boating safety and what to do in case of an emergency.

WHO: Texas Game Wardens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers

WHAT: Providing interviews, offering boat rides and safety demonstrations for media members

WHEN: 1–3 p.m., May 26; 9 a.m.–2 p.m., May 27

WHERE: Westlake Park Boat Ramp located at 2000 Main Street, Hickory Creek, TX, 75065.
Limited spots are available for ride-alongs. Please email Jenny Grayson by May 24 at jennifer.grayson@tpwd.texas.gov to reserve your spot.

National Safe Boating Week, May 20–26, is a week-long annual campaign for Texas Game Wardens and agency partners to emphasize the importance of safe boating practices and the use of boating safety equipment.

With approximately 1.7 million surface acres of freshwater inland lakes, 4 million acres of saltwater and 80,000 miles of rivers and streams statewide, Texas offers ample opportunities to enjoy the summer months on the water. Last Memorial Day weekend, 25 boating accidents occurred around the state, resulting in zero deaths. This holiday, Texas Game Wardens and the ACOE Rangers are combining efforts and increasing patrols to help boaters and their families stay safe.

For more information on safe boating, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Boater Education Program, the Army Corps of Engineers National Water Safety Program and the National Safe Boating Council. Photo assets are available here.