Recreational Boating Information for the Northwest

See our Weekly notices page from the U.S.C.G. 13th District.
Notices obtained via e-mail subscription 
through the USCG Navigation Center.

Everyone crossing into Canada must have required documents including children. Passport, NEXUS, I-68 permit, Military I.D., or EDL's  are expectable.

Washington State law requires the operator of a recreational vessel involved in an accident to file a Washington Boat Accident Report.
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Renew your tabs on-line for your boat registration if you are a registered owner & currently registered in Wash. State. Renewals each July. 

State law requires boat operators 12yrs old & up to carry Boater Education card when operating motorboats w/15hp+. If born before 1955, card not needed.
Northwest Paddling Festival Adds SUP Jousting, Kayak Polo and Swap Meet to Line Up of Activities

Press Release:
Seattle – April 2015 – For expert paddlers or those
looking to try sea kayaking or stand-up paddling for
the first time, the fifth annual Northwest Paddling
Festival is THE place to be to get started for a summer
on the water. Held at Lake Sammamish State Park in
Issaquah, May 8 and 9, the festival the largest event
of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. During the course of the two-day celebration of paddle sports, attendees can demo boats, take kayak tours, attend seminars and check out the latest in gear and accessories from the more than 60 paddle sports businesses. View full press release here.

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The Washington State Parks has the largest state-managed mooring system in the U.S. You may save money by purchasing the annual permit.

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Opening Day of Boating - Sponsored by S.Y.C.
Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Opening Day, the official
 opening of Seattle's boating
 season sponsored by the
 Seattle Yacht Club, includes
 a celebration of many kinds
of water activities. Festivities
 will include a morning of crew
 races, a sailboat race, and of
 course, the Grand Opening
 Day Boat Parade on Saturday.  
Opening Day offers some outstanding photo and story opportunities. You'll not find anything like it in the U.S. or to our knowledge, in the world. The only thing comparable is an annual parade of commercial vessels in Venice, Italy. Click here for more details including logboom information.