Fishing & Boating Access Sites

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The following information is based on Article 1, Section 7, Chapter 20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1961, as amended, which govern public use of all fishing and boating access sites administered by the Wildlife Resources Section of the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources.

Requirements And Prohibitions

1. Public access facilities for boating and fishing are available solely for the purpose of fishing from the shore or launching and retrieving watercraft.

2. After launching a watercraft, land-transportation vehicles should parked in available parking spaces.

3. Any law enforcement officer acting under state, federal, or local authority may prohibit an individual from launching a watercraft from any public boating- or fishing-access site.

4. The following activities are prohibited at access sites for fishing and boating:

a. the consumption of alcoholic beverages or possession of an open container of alcoholic beverages

b. swimming and bathing

c. camping

d. open fires

e. trash disposal (except where trash receptacles are provided)

f. the discharge of firearms, fireworks, and explosives

g. leaving unattended watercraft

h. commercial use of the facility, except as authorized by the division

i. parking of any vehicle or the mooring of any watercraft in such a manner as to obstruct any avenue of ingress or egress, except for the purpose of launching

Any person violating any of these rules and regulations shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 20 of the Code of West Virginia and such other laws as may be applicable.

It is the policy of the Division of Natural Resources to provide its facilities, accommodations, services and programs to all persons without regard to sex, race, age, religion, national origin or ancestry, disability or other protected group status.

State of West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Effective 05/10/01