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BOATING REGULATIONS

PA Boating Handbook

This handbook was prepared to provide boaters with information they need to know when operating watercraft on Pennsylvania waterways. It reviews the Commission's boating regulations and includes information and tips to follow while boating.

Boating Courses & Safety Certificates

A certificate is required in PA to operate certain boats and for youth boaters. Course schedules and descriptions, and an online course is available.

PFD (life jacket) Information

Types, laws, advice, fit, etc.; also a listing of manufacturers.

Special Regulation Areas

Shows special regulation areas by county.

Rulemakings & Notices

New or proposed regulations and legislation. Public comments are welcome on proposed.

Charter Boats & Fishing Guides

Fishing guides and charter boat operators must be permitted by the Commission to operate within PA.