Boating Hours & Regulations

2016 Schedule

May 28 through September 5


No Motorized Craft Before 10:am
10am to 2pm All Boats Permitted
2pm to 4pm No Motorized Boats
4pm to 7:30pm All Boats Permitted
7:30 to 9pm No Motorized Boats
After 9pm ALL Boats at trolling speed only!
Boats with Electric Motors at Trolling Speed at any time.


Please observe PA Boating rules

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to

  • Operate a watercraft in a reckless, negligent or dangerous manner. Boats must be operated at a rate of speed that does not endanger the life or property of any person.
  • Operate a boat at greater than slow, no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline, docks, launch ramps, swimmers or downed skiers, persons wading in the water, anchored, moored or drifting boats and floats. Slow, no-wake speed is the slowest possible speed of a motorboat required to maintain maneuverability so that the wake or wash created by the motorboat on the surface is minimal. (The slow, no-wake zone for wake surfing activity is 200 feet. See Water-skiing & Similar Activities.section.)
  • Operate a motorboat less than 20 feet in length at greater than slow no-wake while a person is standing on or in the boat.
  • Operate a motorboat at greater than slow, no-wake speed with a person riding outside of the passenger carrying area or while a person is riding on the bow decking, gunwales, transom or motor covers.
  • Cause a boat to become airborne or to leave the water completely while crossing another boat’s wake when within 100 feet of the boat creating the wake.
  • Weave through congested traffic.
  • Operate faster than slow, no-wake when within 100 feet to the rear or 50 feet to the side of another boat that is underway, unless in a narrow channel.
  • Operate within 100 feet of anyone towed behind another boat.
  • Operate a pontoon boat while a person is riding outside the passenger-carrying area.
  • Operate a motorboat with anyone sitting, riding or hanging on a swim platform or swim ladder attached to the boat.

MINIMUM AGE OF OPERATIONThe following age restrictions and boating education requirements apply to the operation of motorboats.
HP OF MOTOR RESTRICTIONS OF USE
PWC PWCAll PWC (personal watercraft) operators, regardless of age, must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate.

  • Persons 11 years of age or younger may NOT operate.
  • Persons 12 through 15 years of age may NOT operate with any passengers on board 15 years of age or younger, or rent a PWC.
0-25hp 0-25 hp boatNone
Greater than 25hp
  • Persons 11 years of age or younger may NOT operate.
  • Greater than 25 hp boatPersons born on or after January 1, 1982, may not operate unless they have obtained and have in possession a Boating Safety Education Certificate.