“The popularity of unpowered boats, including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, is growing in the Commonwealth and nationwide,” said Corey Britcher, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. “This is great for the sport and we’re glad people are engaged in outdoor activities.”
“With more people using Commission access areas, we want to remind them that a launch permit or boat registration is required,” he added. “Boat registrations and permit sales generate funds for the continued maintenance of these facilities and for boating safety programs and services.”
PFBC launch permits cost $10 for one year or $18 for two years.
Users can also choose to register their unpowered boat for $18. Boat registrations are issued for 2-year periods and expire on March of the second year.
PFBC launch permits and boat registrations are also valid in state parks and state forests. Users can also purchase a DCNR launch or mooring permit, which is valid at PFBC properties. Visit the DCNR website for more information.
Paddlers using PFBC access areas without valid launch permits or boat registrations are subject to a $75 fine.