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PFBC Approves Change to Boating Regs
HARRISBURG, Pa. – At its quarterly business meeting held here today, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) adopted a proposed rulemaking order which would allow wake surfing in or on the wake of a motorboat provided the boat’s propulsion system is specifically designed for the activity. Currently, boating regulations prohibit wake surfing behind boats […]

Boaters Urged To Watch for Manatees & Sea Turtles
BRUNSWICK, Ga. – With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals. Boat strikes are a leading cause of sea turtle strandings and manatee injuries and deaths. Manatees and all sea turtle species found in Georgia are protected by federal […]

Supreme Court Decision Prompts GFP Action On Non-Meandered Waters
PIERRE, S.D. – In compliance with the recent Supreme Court ruling in Duerre v. Hepler, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is closing Department-managed boat launches on non-meandered bodies of water. “Recreational access to non-meandered waters is a complex issue that has impacted our state for decades,” said Kelly Hepler, GFP department secretary. […]

Boat Dock Lottery Underway for the Alum Creek Marina
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be reopening its newest marina this summer, and entries will be accepted during the month of April for the boat dock lottery. The Alum Creek Marina, located near Lewis Center in Delaware County north of Columbus, will now boast larger slips and some will […]

Spring Aboard by taking a boating safety course
DOVER – The Delaware Office of Boating Safety and Education within DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife joins the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to encourage boaters to “Spring Aboard,” a March 19-25 nationwide campaign to prepare for boating season by enrolling in a boating safety course. “Our boating safety education program […]

Kansas Boat Taxes Affordable
PRATT – If you’re a Kansas boat owner or are thinking of buying a boat, you should know that property taxes on recreational boats have gone down as much as 75 percent since 2013. Before that, Kansas boat owners paid property taxes based on an assessed value that was 30 percent of the boat’s market […]

New Paddler Camp Sites on Iconic Devils River
AUSTIN – The Devils River is one of the premier paddling and fishing destinations in Texas, drawing outdoor enthusiasts each year to enjoy the preserved natural beauty, excellent sport fishery, and native wildlife along its clear waters. But the river is not for the faint of heart. “Due to the remote location of the Devils […]

Canoeing and Kayaking Page on Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Website
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Wildlife Resources recently launched a canoeing and kayaking page on its website at Visitors need only to click on the “Boat” tab, then the “Canoeing and Kayaking” tab. The page provides a repository for valuable information about paddling creeks, rivers and lakes across Kentucky. “The new canoe […]

Ohio Communities Receive Boating Safety Education Funds
COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is providing a total of $272,975.88 to support 19 community boating safety education programs in 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides boating safety education programs to communities throughout Ohio. These programs help keep boaters and their […]

Pennsylvania Mandatory Life Jacket Requirement Starts November 1
HARRISBURG, Pa. – When sunny days and fall foliage tempt the boater in you, don’t forget about your life jacket, especially if you are planning to use a canoe, kayak or similar small boat. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, they are […]

FWC seeks public input on anchoring and mooring rules, pilot program
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program and related ordinances. The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete and will […]

DNR set to plunge into water trails across Michigan
All across this Great Lakes State, there are trails for hikers and bikers, off-road vehicle riders, snowmobilers and equestrians. For each of these pursuits, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources plays a big role in providing appropriate places for participants in these outdoor recreation activities to enjoy their passions. Michigan has trails for boaters and […]

Police Investigate Boat Explosion
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers investigated a boat explosion and a jet ski accident, arrested a motorist carrying drugs and loaded guns, and charged an unlicensed fishing guide in recent cases. The investigation continues into a boat explosion and fire in St. Mary’s County Sunday afternoon that left two people injured. Officers responded to the […]

Natural Resources Police respond to multiple boating accidents
DOVER – During the two-week period Aug. 1-14, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police marine patrols statewide investigated seven boating accidents and issued numerous boating safety-related citations to help keep Delaware waterways safer for boaters. On Aug. 13, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police conducting a routine vessel safety and fisheries compliance check cited […]

Boat Ramp at Cranks Creek Lake Closing for Repairs
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The boat ramp at Cranks Creek Lake in Harlan County will close Aug. 15 for much needed reconstruction work. Weather and conditions permitting, the goal is to have the ramp operational again by Sept. 15. Cranks Creek is a 176-acre lake located southeast of Harlan near the Virginia line. The existing ramp […]

ODNR to Hold Dock Lottery for 2017 Boating Season
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will hold a lottery for boat owners to rent public docks during the 2017 boating season. Six marinas located throughout the state of Ohio will offer space for boat storage. Interested boaters can submit an application either in person or by mailing the application to […]

Maryland Awarded $350,000 for Pumpout Boats and Stations
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been awarded more than $350,000 for the installation and maintenance of marine sewage pumpout stations across the state. The funding will go toward existing pumpouts as well as support pumpout boats operated by the City of Annapolis, the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and the West and Rhode Riverkeeper. “This […]

New at-risk vessel law helps FWC
A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their […]

GFP Asking Canoe, Kayak and Swimmers to Avoid Big Sioux
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) is asking people looking to beat the heat to avoid the Big Sioux River near Dell Rapids. South Dakota DOT is currently working on the bridge over the Big Sioux River just south of Dell Rapids on highway 115. Kayakers, canoeists, swimmers […]

Flooding washes out access to DNR boating site in Gogebic County
Flooding from a storm Monday in the western Upper Peninsula that reportedly dumped as much as 11 inches of rain on Gogebic County has washed out access to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ boat launch situated several miles northwest of Ironwood. The boat launch is located within Little Girl’s Point County Park, just upstream […]

Spiny Water Fleas Spur Reminder to Anglers and Boaters
SHELBURNE, Vt. – Recent reports of spiny water fleas becoming snagged on fishing gear used on Lake Champlain have prompted officials to urge anglers and boaters to take appropriate steps to prevent the spread of this and other harmful aquatic invasive species. “Lake Champlain boat launch stewards have been hearing about spiny water flea sightings […]

Florida leads the nation in family fishing and boating spots
Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total—more than any other state. Recreational boating plus saltwater and freshwater fishing contribute more than $20 billion annually to Florida’s economy. The top […]

Cape Meares Lake being lowered for repairs
TILLMOOK, Ore. – Cape Meares Lake is being lowered to facilitate repairs to a dam in the southeast corner of the lake. Cape Meares Lake is located approximately seven miles northwest of Tillamook and is a popular fishery for trout, bass, and surplus hatchery steelhead. ODFW recently began lowering the lake. The lake will continue […]

Dredging project improves boater access at Scappoose Marine Park
SALEM, Ore. – Boaters now have improved access to the lower Willamette and Columbia rivers now that a dredging project at Scappose Bay Marine Park is complete. Prior to the project, boats were grounding out in the channel at low tide. The channel was deepened around the boat ramp and short term boat moorage, improving […]

Paddle Ohio Launches 2016 Summer Paddling Events
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a series of Paddle Ohio events to promote paddling on Ohio’s state-designated wild, scenic and recreational rivers, water trails and select Ohio State Park lakes. More than 250 people have participated in Paddle Ohio events since the program’s creation in 2014 by the […]
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