To help us operate the Pinopolis Lock more safely and efficiently, please follow these rules:
1. Due to safety considerations, only motor-powered boats are allowed in the lock. Boats or watercraft must be at least 10 ft. in length and no longer than 150 ft. Motorized personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis, must be tied to boats during the lock operation.
2. The lock operator determines the maximum number of boats allowed in the lock at one time, depending on the sizes of the boats. Normally a dozen 16-ft. boats can be accommodated at one time.
3. The areas passed through while approaching the lock are to be used only while entering or exiting the lock. The area of the Tailrace Canal immediately in front of the powerhouse is a state fish sanctuary. State law prohibits fishing in this area.
4. Boaters must obey all signs and lock operator's instructions.
5. The locking procedure takes between 20 and 45 minutes to complete. Keep in mind the hours of operation. Showing up at the last minute may result in having to wait until the following day to pass through the lock.
6. Whenever possible, call 843-899-LOCK (5625) in advance. This will reduce the amount of time you may have to wait for a lock operator.
7. No smoking or consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted in the lock.
8. No swimming or diving is permitted inside the lock or within 600 feet of the powerhouse.
9. All boaters should remain seated and have life jackets or other approved floatation devices immediately available during locking operations.
10. All state laws are enforced by SCDNR.
11. Do not approach the lock, powerhouse, or dam during thunderstorms or rough water conditions.
12. Stay clear of the upstream (Lake Moultrie) end of the lock during locking procedure. Your boat is in danger of being caught under a concrete outcropping.