The State Parks Boating Program encourages you to have fun as you head out on the water, but also be smart. There's a lot to learn and we're here to help you! Explore the website, if you don't find what you need feel free to contact us at (360) 902-8555 or email.
The water is cold! Don't be fooled by warm air temperatures because in Washington many waterways are below 60 degrees. Even lakes and rivers. If you unexpectedly capsize or fall overboard, you're falling into dangerously cold waters. It's not hypothermia you need to worry about. If you survive long enough to get hypothermia, you've done well; most drown in the first few minutes ofcold water shock.You need to take caution and be prepared. Especially if you're in a boat under 18 feet (like a kayak, rowboat or small fishing boat), which has a higher risk of capsizing.
Designate a skipper. Operating any kind of boat—including canoes, kayaks and SUPs—under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal. State and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces this summer to conduct boating under the influence emphasis patrols on waterways across Washington, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For everyone's sake, designate a sober skipper before you head out on the water.
Wear a life jacket. Accidents happen fast. Life jackets are the single most effective piece of safety gear in a boat. Study after study show that if you wear your life jacket, you are more likely to survive if something goes wrong. Seriously, wear it so you and your family can continue to enjoy Washington's waterways for a lifetime.
U.S. Coast Guard Mobile App
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) created a mobile app for recreational boaters. The app features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the nearest USCG command center.