Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4) of this section, a person 14 years of age or older shall carry a waterway access permit while operating a nonmotorized boat that is at least 10 feet in length or a sailboat that is at least 10 feet but less than 12 feet in length, in the manner provided by the State Marine Board by rule. The person shall present proof of a permit upon request by a peace officer.
A waterway access permit under this section is transferrable to any nonmotorized boat that is at least 10 feet in length or a sailboat that is at least 10 feet but less than 12 feet in length.
Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
Days that the board designates, by rule, as free boating days and on which the board allows individuals to operate a boat described in subsection (1) of this section without holding an otherwise required waterway access permit.
A person operating a boat owned by an operator of a boat livery if the operator of a boat livery displays proof of holding a waterway access permit according to rules adopted by the board.
A person operating a boat on a federally designated wild and scenic river for which a separate fee system is in place.
A person operating a boat if the person is engaged in law enforcement, public safety or official business of a federal, state or municipal agency, as defined by the board by rule.
A resident of a bordering state who launches a boat from that bordering state into bordering waters, as defined by the board by rule.
A person operating a boat if the person holds a nonmotorized boating permit, a registration or a similar authorization that is issued by another state and accepted by the board by rule.
A person who is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe in this state and who is engaged in tribal fishing or a tribal ceremony.
The board may adopt rules that provide additional exemptions from the requirement to obtain a permit under subsection (1) of this section. [2019 c.507 §5]