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Grants will Help Boost Angler and Boater Numbers
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a $60 million cooperative agreement with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to help retain and recruit recreational anglers and boaters of all ages. Zinke is also announcing $14 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG), which support water-related outdoor recreation and tourism by […]

Maryland Clean Marina Workshops Scheduled in February
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will conduct a series of workshops in Anne Arundel, Dorchester and Harford counties to provide valuable information for marine facilities interested in learning about the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative. Each session will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the following dates and locations: Feb. 7: Bush River Yacht […]

Boating Slips Available at Pocomoke River State Park
Delmarva boaters are invited to rent annual, seasonal, monthly or daily boat slips at Pocomoke River State Park. The park, located within the 15,000 wooded acres of Pocomoke State Forest in Worcester County, has roughly two dozen slips available at reasonable rates. The park can accommodate large and small vessels alike with the depth of […]

Florida manatees on the move
People who remember in November to watch out for manatees as they begin migrating to warmer waters are making a difference in the species’ survival. Florida is home to more than 6,600 manatees. With the arrival of Manatee Awareness Month, people again are slowing down and looking out for these large aquatic mammals in waterways […]

Removal of Displaced Vessels Affected by Hurricane Irma
MIAMI — The Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) Florida, consisting of multiple state and federal agencies, is continuing efforts to assess and remove hazards in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission members are conducting assessments of damaged and sunken vessels in the areas most affected by […]

Zebra mussel infested boat stopped at Ontario inspection station
ONTARIO, Ore – A 41-foot yacht with Zebra mussels attached was intercepted at the Ontario Watercraft Inspection station last week. The boat came from Harrison Bay, Tennessee which is infested with the invasive mussels. Earlier this spring, standing water was found on a boat from Quagga mussel infested Lake Havasu, Arizona. That boat was inspected […]

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 […]
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