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Fishing and Boating Regulatory Information

All Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Regulations apply in Centre County. To review Pennsylvania fishing and boating regulations, visit and click on “Regulations & Laws” on the left side of the page.

All motorboats must be registered. Registrations are renewed on a two-year cycle and expire on March 31 of the second year. Registrations are valid on issuance from the Commission’s Licensing and Registration Section. Registration forms may be obtained from the Fish & Boat Commission’s web site, regional offices, Licensing and Registration Section, most county treasurers, certified issuing agents and from many marine dealers.

Owners of unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc.) can launch their boats at Commission lakes and access areas or Pennsylvania state parks if their boats display a Commission launch permit, boat registration, or PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit. Pennsylvania State Parks recognizes Commission boat registrations and launch permits. The Commission does NOT recognize launch permits from other states.

Anglers 16 years of age or older must possess a license to fish in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania offers a variety of tourist and resident fishing licenses - from a one-day permit up to a lifetime license - so there's one that's right for any level of interest.  Getting a license is easy and convenient. Licenses can be purchased and printed from your home computer by visiting The Outdoor Shop (Click on “PA Fish and Boat Commission Outdoor Shop” then “Licenses”) Anglers can also purchase their licenses at any of the more than 1200 issuing agents statewide.