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  Permit to be on Water or Use Ramp?
  Posted by: ShadyClip on Aug-29-13 11:01 AM (EST)

Do you have to pay for a permit for the above locations to actually be on the water in a kayak/canoe or just to use the ramp?

It rarely seems that rules are clear for kayaks/canoes in most areas and I frequently find experience paddlers that disagree.

In PA we have two state launch permits (Fishing vs Parks) that are interchangeable. The rule of thumb seems to be that both departments "own" launch ramps as well as water -- either a river/lake in a state park or a lake managed by the Fish and Boat commission. If you use a ramp or on water owned by either organization you need to have one of the launch permits. But if don't use an owned ramp and the water is not "owned" then you don't need a permit. Rarely do you need to actually use a ramp to launch a kayak -- the mud next to it is fine. In general this seems to mean, if you go to a state park you need a permit. Anywhere else you are probably OK -- unless it is county park that requires a permit. I have only ever been checked in parks and never on a river or creek.

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