Canoeing Regulations and Safety Tips
- Safety Equipment Checklist
- Flotation Gear. (Regulations require Coast Guard approved wearable personal flotation device for each occupant.)
- First Aid Kit. Add insect repellent and sunscreen.
- Extra paddle
- Bow and stern lines
- Flashlight and extra bulbs
- Allow Enough Time
- Allow two miles per hour canoeing time under normal river conditions.
- Driving and shuttling time is extra.
- Know the Water
- Check recent and predicted weather conditions.
- Find out about river conditions - flooded, low, or normal.
- A flooded river is often dangerous and should not be canoed.
- A low river may expose logs and stumps, requiring many liftovers or portages, which make the trip slower and more difficult.
- Coastal streams are affected by wind tides which can create flow in both directions.
- Windy conditions can affect canoes and small boats - especially on wide coastal rivers.
- Play it Safe
- Secure your car and take keys with you.
- Canoe in a group or with a buddy.
- Watch for motorboats and yachts. Stay to the right and turn the bow into the wake.
- Let someone know your plans - where you are canoeing and when you plan to be back.
- Place food and gear in water-tight containers and tie them securely to the canoe.
- Don't overload the canoe or small boat. Avoid horseplay.
- Carry drinking water.
- Respect Property
- Don't litter or pollute the water with trash or other waste.
- Don't cut living trees or harass animals.
- Be careful with campfires. Use cookstoves when possible.
- Access to private land should be by invitation only.
- Camp only in designated areas to avoid trespassing.
- For Boating and Fishing Regulations Contact:
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Phone: (919) 733-3391
NC WRS Website: - http://www.wildlife.state.nc.us
512 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27604-1188