Boat Registration

All boats and watercraft used on LOW’s lakes must be registered annually by May 1 and display a current LOWA decal, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and personal watercraft. Launching of “guest” watercraft that does not display a LOWA decal is not permitted.

Members registering a boat must show evidence of having passed the LOW Safe Recreational Lake Users’ Examination, have a current member or tenant ID card, and proof of craft type, ownership, and adequate insurance. All boat registrations are handled at the Holcomb Building.

Powered boats and sailboats over 18 feet operated on our lakes must be titled but are not required to be registered with the state of Virginia unless other use or situations require it. Members are advised to be familiar with registration requirements appropriate to their own situation.

Boat Slips and Vehicle Storage

The Association provides boat slips at the two marinas and maintains a large fishing lakevehicle storage lot near the main dam where members can store boats, RVs, and trailers year-round. Members may store their boats on their own lots, subject to LOWA regulations regarding appropriate placement and cover materials. A slip assignment can be requested by calling the Association Office, but there is normally a long waiting list. Members are encouraged to make docking arrangements with lakefront residents whenever possible.

Boat Test

The LOWA Boat Operators Safety Education Course is made up of two test options:

Short Course -- If you have taken and passed the Commonwealth of Virginia Boater Safety Education course, you are eligible to take the LOWA Short Course and test, which consists of 20 questions.

Long Course -- Everyone who has not taken the Commonwealth of Virginia Boater Safety Education course must take the LOWA Long Course and test, which consists of 40 questions.

Everyone, resident or guest, who takes the test must have his/her own unique e-mail address in order to create a record (or Account) in the LOWA database. This account is separate from members' Member Central logins. 

You must achieve a score of 90% or above to pass either test.

LOWA Regulation X. Use of Lakes

LOWA Boat Operator’s Safety Manual

LOWA Boat Operator’s Safety Manual - Short

Portal to the LOWA Boater Certification Test