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WV Boating Safety Program

Current Stream Conditions

Did you know that there are over 2,000 miles of navigable, fishable streams in the State that comprise over 19,000 surface acres of water? There are also 21 large lakes over 100 acres in size that cover 20,118 acres of fishable and boatable waters. There are 41 small impoundment's covering 1,068 acres and 30 ponds managed by the Division of Natural Resources covering 204 acres.

All of these waters are available for your use. You can access an index to the boating regulations by selecting a topic from the box above.

Anyone born after December 31, 1986 must successfully complete a Boating Safety Education Course before operating a motorboat or personal watercraft upon the waters of this state (20-7-12b). Course topics include: Boating Terminology, Boat Types, Capacities, Registration Requirements, Safety Equipment Required such as life jackets, Navigation Rules, and Preserving a Safe Marine Environment. For Information about free classes in your area, visit the Boating Education Class search page.

Boating Safety Education Staff

Lt. Warren Goodson Charleston 304 558-2784
Sgt. Jim Crawley Farmington 304 825-6787
Sgt. Timothy White French Creek 304-924-6211
Sgt. Michael Lott Romney 304 822-3551
Sgt. Bob Johnson Beckley 304 256-6945
Sgt. Gregg Mullins Forks of Coal 304-756-1023
Sgt. Dwayne Duffield Parkersburg 304 420-4550

To find and register for Boating Ed classes got to

For those unable to attend traditional courses, on-line courses are available for a fee at the links provided below.

Lost Boating Education Card

Online Boating Safety Courses

Online Boater Education Course

Paddle Safety Course


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