Need a permit or license for a kayak?
Posted by: old_user on Feb-20-11 8:12 PM (EST) Category: Destinations
-- Last Updated: Feb-20-11 9:40 PM EST --
I noticed that several vessels stated that they included a coast guard ID, or something like that.
Does one need a permit or license or anything to own and paddle a kayak?
I'm looking at an inflatable kayak around 10' long, and I'm planning to paddle in still/gentle rivers and lakes, mostly in Eastern PA... though I'd like to explore other places in the future.
I may use it to paddle a distance and overnight camp.
Are there any places that are restricted, or would require a permit or license?
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yes some places require permits|
Posted by: Twilight_Paddler on Feb-20-11 8:31 PM (EST)
others will respond shortly i'm sure....
Posted by: old_user on Feb-20-11 10:37 PM (EST)
thanks, I updated the original post..
PA. web link ......|
Posted by: trout on Feb-20-11 11:11 PM (EST)
map of permit-req areas, and order link|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 2:58 AM (EST)
Permits and requirements|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-21-11 8:53 AM (EST)
Permits are one thing and as above they vary by location, also type (boat permit, user permit etc). Don't pass by the permits to use state launch ramps too quickly - in some states the local conservation or whatever folks have those spots staked out. It may be worth paying the fee to avoid the hassle, depending on your use, if nothing else consider it a parking fee.
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-22-11 7:56 AM (EST)
More paddling regulation won't happen in Maine anytime soon (thankfully), given the recent twist in state politics (unfortunately).
Posted by: carldelo on Feb-21-11 10:31 AM (EST)
You're lucky to have such a great place to paddle near you - I loved Nockamixon. I made the effort to get the pass for this park, even though I was only there for a half day. It was a good thing too, there was a water-cop of some sort cruising around and he came close enough to see that I had a permit hanging on my pfd. I bought a week's pass (shortest time available) and remember that a year's pass didn't seem too expensive - well worth it.
To register or not to register ...|
Posted by: winsum44 on Feb-21-11 11:57 AM (EST)
I've recently pondered the same.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 1:24 PM (EST)
I think all yaks should have to be licensed, and taxed...with the money going to donating canoes to local schools so youngsters get started on the right foot paddling God's watercraft rather than...."those other things".
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 5:10 PM (EST)
you will likely get your wish and see all paddlers forced to register their boats and pay fees. There's usually some excuse made to justify the fees such as public safety, reducing theft or the age old standard "do it for the kids".
Yes in PA|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 5:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 10:16 PM (EST)
Fla. does not require a decal, as long as it has no motor of any kind. If you do register it, you pay the same as a boat with a 100 hp red fred hanging on the back, Fla. goes by length. Also they recently doubled the registration fees.
They're different things|
Posted by: pikabike on Feb-22-11 1:03 AM (EST)
My state (CO) presently does not require that kayaks be registered as powerboats must be.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-11 3:19 AM (EST)
The state of Oregon requires each boat, including canoes and kayaks, on the water, to have on board, a seven dollar per year permit, designated to fund launch ramp washing stations to fight the spread of invasive species. whereas I mostly paddle in a small area, containing lakes, reservours, estuaries,rivers, and creeks,and rarely use a launch ramp, I feel that I'm probably not part of the problem. However, if it keeps even one species from getting established in Oregon, I feel seven dollars is not too much to pay.
Coast Guard Operation Paddle Smart|
Posted by: jaybabina on Feb-22-11 7:22 AM (EST)
The US Coast Guard has come up with a program called Paddle Smart. It's meant to stop stupid kayakers from paddling in winter with street clothes and no PFD and more. But one aspect is the CG ID sticker that they give out so you can have your personal ID inside your boat. It's free with no paperwork filled out to anybody. The more paddlers do it, the less likely various states try to pass registration with the phony reason of IDs.
Bucks County Pa.|
Posted by: rnaimo on Feb-22-11 7:28 PM (EST)
I live near Lake Noxamixon and was told that you will also need a special Bucks County permit to paddle on the lakes that are in Bucks County Parks, like Peace Valley Park & Lake Towhee.
permit for Bucks Co, PA|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-11 10:01 PM (EST)
Kayaking at Bucks Co. Parks|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-01-12 4:10 PM (EST)
You have to purchase a permit specific to Bucks Co. Parks, which apparently can be purchased at the boat rental areas at the parks.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Feb-22-11 8:54 PM (EST)
No permit required here. However, it seems (I can't find this in the regs anywhere) that if you are renting a canoe or kayak and have no skills whatsoever, you are required to sit on or lash your PFD to your boat so that it is useless and so that you won't require an hasty and expensive rescue.