At Grand Valley Lakes we follow the TWRA Rules as follows: 

TWRA Boating Rules 

Who Needs the Card? 

Anyone born after January 1, 1989, and operating a motorized vessel of more than 8.5 horsepower, must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam.

Although Tennessee residents are allowed to take the online Boat Tennessee Course, the online certificate will not be accepted as meeting the requirements of the law.

Age Restrictions

To operate a motorized vessel of more than 8.5 horsepower:

  • Those less than 12 years old must have a supervisor on board who is at least 18 years old and able to take immediate control of the vessel. The supervisor, if born after January 1, 1989, also must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate issued by the TWRA.

  • Those 12 years old or older operating alone must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate issued by the TWRA.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

All vessels must have at least one wearable (Type I, II, III, or V) USCG–approved PFD (life jacket) for each person on board. 

In addition to the above requirement, one Type IV (throwable) USCG–approved PFD must be on board and immediately available on vessels 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks). 

Children 12 years of age and younger must wear a USCG–approved life jacket at all times while on the open deck of a recreational vessel that is not anchored, moored, or aground.  

Each person on board a personal watercraft (PWC) must wear a USCG–approved Type I, II, or III PFD.



To: All homeowners of Grand Valley Lakes POA, Inc. 

From: Grand Valley Lakes POA, Inc. 01/27/2014

Due to the extensive calls to our Maintenance Department about where the water cut-offs to home are located, GVL will have to start charging a ‘service call’ fee for after hour calling. Maintenance hours are 7:30 am-4:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Grand Valley Lakes POA, Inc. is not responsible for the water line from the road to your house. Also, Grand Valley Lakes is not responsible for water leaks in your home. These are things you would need to call a plumber for.

Homeowners it is your responsibility to maintain and/or winterize the water in your home throughout the year. It is not the responsibility of the Maintenance Department to turn your water on or off due to cold weather.