Wednesday, June 5, 2024

TowBoatUS Open on Alabama's Wheeler Lake

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As a 2-year-old, he would get angry when his father and grandfather would go fishing without him. At the tender age of 4, he learned to swim. Now, as adult with a young family and the owner of a successful local fishing guide service, Capt. Daniel Myles Murray says he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on the Tennessee River.

That fact may have fondly earned the 33-year-old his “River Rat” nickname from friends, but the captain, who also simply goes by “Myles,” has found a new way to be on the river he loves even more – this time helping those with on-water boat troubles get home by reopening TowBoatUS Wheeler Lake, a 24/7 on-water towing and routine assistance service.

Much like an auto club for recreational boat owners, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers on-water Unlimited Towing Memberships for freshwater boaters and anglers for just $109 per year. On-water towing, soft-ungrounding, battery jump and fuel drop-off services are included. Membership comes with more than 25 valuable BoatUS benefits, including discounts at local fuel docks and transient slips at marinas. Also included are a subscription to BoatUS Magazine, free DSC-VHF radio registration and more.

Myles learned of the business opportunity that would align with his love for the water by going to the TowBoatUS licensee information website.

“Even though I’ve run boats for years in Alabama and Florida, owned a guide service for five years, and fished from Nickajack to Pickwick, I had great mentors showing me how to successfully run a TowBoatUS port, including Capt. Chad Gilliland of TowBoatUS Lake Martin and Capt. Terry Russeau of TowBoatUS Lewis Smith Lake. A big part of the work was learning how to do it safely.”

Myles’ TowBoatUS company services the entire length of Wheeler Lake and is one of six TowBoatUS ports on the Tennessee River chain and more than 300 nationwide.

All of the company’s captains are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed. A 22-foot red response vessel fully outfitted for towing and salvage homeports at Ditto Landing Marina. Separate from BoatUS on-water towing, the company offers boat salvage and spill cleanup services.

The fastest way to request assistance from TowBoatUS Wheeler Lake is to download the free BoatUS App, which connects boaters to the closest local towing captain. Additionally, the company can be reached at 256-520-9466 or by phoning the BoatUS toll-free 24/7 Dispatch Center at 800-391-4869.

For more go to or call 800-888-4869.