River Boating Etiquette and Safety - BC Canada


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Jan 14, 2019
Williams Lake, BC
River Boating Etiquette and Safety For your safety and the enjoyment of everyone using the river, please:

  • Keep boat launch areas clear so that all boaters have equal access.
  • Don't mix alcohol and boating. You will need your best reflexes to keep you, your boat and other stream users safe. It's illegal to operate a boat while impaired.
  • Limit your speed (particularly when entering corners) to avoid collisions with other boaters, anglers, swimmers and hidden obstacles.
  • Respect the Universal Shoreline Speed Restriction (10km/hr within 30m of the shore).
  • Be careful when boating at dawn and dusk, or in other conditions of limited light or visibility.
  • Refrain from running your boat through water being fished by others. Go slowly or drift by anglers along the shoreline. Be considerate of others.
  • Avoid sensitive habitats such as shallow water, spawning areas, and wildlife nesting or foraging areas.
  • Give animals crossing the river the space and time to do so. It's illegal to harass wildlife.
  • Pack out your garbage. Old fishing line, litter, fuel and oil damage fish habitat, endanger aquatic life and reduce water quality.
Link to British Columbia page

Use the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline to report violations 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) or via cell (on the Telus network) at #7277: We can all help ensure that those who break the law do not spoil future angling opportunities for everyone. For more information, see Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP).
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