Ministry opens Lake Erie to passengers with special needs
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Rob Wilson virtually grew up on Lake Erie.
He was born in Erie and comes from a family of anglers dating to 1908. He learned to fish and boat at an early age before pursuing...
NY to require safety training for motor boat operators
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is moving to require safety training for anyone operating a motor boat.
Under legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state will...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ginny Nelson's business outfitting Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trips was one of many thrown into chaos in January when a new online system for reserving a chunk of...
More than 170 ill after boating on Lake Minnetonka
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County officials say they still don't know why more than 170 people got sick after boating near Big Island in Lake Minnetonka last weekend.
Number of sickened 4th of July boaters nears 120
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say the number of people reportedly sickened while boating around Big Island on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July has grown to nearly 120.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Officials say air is leaking from the inflatable dam used by Waterloo to raise the Cedar River level for summer boaters.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's press secretary says the governor received a warning for speeding during a boating trip on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A national park and a nonprofit group plan to spend $8 million to improve boating facilities and address environmental damage along the Snake River in western...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol has reopened a 22-mile section of the Osage River for recreational boating.
The patrol said Friday the river from Lock and Dam 1...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are warning people using Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams to exercise caution due to higher than normal water levels on many of them.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona brush fire near metro Phoenix (all times local):
Authorities have reopened an Arizona highway closed due to a brush and grass...
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Those headed to the city of Biloxi on the Mississippi coast will now be able to borrow a life jacket before they hit the water.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Boating season on the Erie Canal is opening with the dedication of a new tugboat named after women's suffrage movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It won't take effect in time for this summer's boating season, but a bill aimed at preventing the spread of invasive aquatic weeds in New Hampshire lakes is headed to the...
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Officials are reopening boating in part of a Mississippi lake, as they continue fighting an invasive aquatic plant.
2 boating deaths in 2 days in Florida Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Officials say two boating deaths have occurred over two days in the Florida Keys.
The Miami Herald reports that 38-year-old Hector Emmanuel Rodriguez Sr. died Sunday,...
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard is cracking down on illegal boating and fishing charters and terminated several joy rides over the weekend around the area of Miami's Ultra Music Festival.
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Wyoming lawmakers debate boating-under-influence limit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers took another step toward lowering the state's legal limit for boating under the influence of alcohol after debating Thursday whether to exempt people using...
Vermont reminding hunters to remove waterfowl blinds
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding waterfowl hunters to remove hunting blinds from state waters of Lake Champlain.
The deadline is Feb. 15 for removing such blinds, which hunters use to shield themselves from animals. Meanwhile, hunters have until May 15 to take down blinds on inland waters.
5 in canoes rescued on river in Mississippi
LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi say five people have been rescued after running into problems while canoeing on a river.
George County Sheriff Keith Havard told WLOX-TV that the people on the water Sunday ranged in age from 17 to the mid-30s.
Boating club organizes bayou channel marker partnership
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana boating education club has organized a private-public partnership to put up channel markers along a bayou where water often hides cypress stumps and knees.
Since Contraband Bayou isn't usable for commercial navigation, the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers can't install markers, Ben Garber of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron told local news outlets.
Officials fighting invasive plant ban boats in part of lake
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Officials are shutting down boating in part of one of Mississippi's most popular lakes, stepping up the fight against an invasive aquatic plant.
Giant salvinia was found in June in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic life and hamper swimming and boating.
Boaters find dead bear cubs tied to weight in Alaska waters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two men boating in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska found a pair of dead bear cubs tied to a concrete weight.
Peter Montesano and Paul Wunnicke saw something strange floating in Squaw Bay while on their boating trip Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.
Woman struck by pontoon boat’s propeller dies
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has died after being struck by a boat propeller near a Florida beach.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports 22-year-old Margaret Murray died Sunday, a day after the accident near Lido Key Beach.
Louisiana to boaters: Watch out for manatees
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is warning boaters to watch out for manatees, threatened marine mammals which have migrated from Florida across the Gulf Coast.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said West Indian manatees have been seen across coastal Louisiana, so the department has posted caution signs at boat launches throughout the area.
Historic boating mansion at Lake Tahoe sells for $10 million
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — A lakefront mansion built by a family that played a key role in the history of boating at Lake Tahoe before World War II has sold for $10 million.
The Sierra Sun reported Wednesday the 6-bedroom, 6.5-bath home on Lake Tahoe's west shore sits on 1.7 acres (0.7 hectares) of landscaped grounds with 160 feet (48 meters) of lake frontage, two double-boathouses, a pier and private harbor.
A coral reef cemetery is home to life in the afterlife
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut environmental officials are offering boaters tips on how to prevent the spread of invasive plants and animals.
Staff of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will be available at boat launches statewide Saturday and Sunday. This weekend is the third annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Weekend.
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man was fishing last weekend when he reeled in a unique catch: a prosthetic leg.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 38-year-old Michael Nelson was kayaking in the Little Red River on Sunday when he saw the pink sole of a Nike sneaker floating. He says the leg is "in pretty good shape" besides some rusted screws.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — More boats carrying invasive mussels into Idaho have been intercepted at inspection stations so far this year than for the entire boating seasons in each of the last five years, Idaho officials say.
Nick Zurfluh of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture said 41,000 inspections have found 36 watercraft with mussels so far this year. Quagga and zebra mussels can clog water pipes, damage boat motors and affect other aquatic life.
WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's mandatory boat inspections for invasive species are underway.
WCAX-TV reports the policy is in its first full summer. Under the measure, greeters at water access points in the state inspect boats for invasive species before they hose them down.
Oregon Marine Board seeks higher boat fees
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Marine Board plans to ask the Legislature to increase registration fees paid by motorized boaters.
Marine Patrol steps up enforcement
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities are reminding boaters to stay dry this weekend.
Marine Patrol officers are out in force for enhanced patrols this weekend as part of a national effort called Operation Dry Water.
The goal is to reduce alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Last year, the 628 participating local, state and federal agencies made 518 boating-under-the-influence arrests and issued more than 33,000 warnings and citations.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials say they'll try to remove an invasive aquatic plant from one of Mississippi's most popular lakes.
Dennis Riecke (RIK'-ee) is the fisheries and environmental coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks. He says officials found giant salvinia Wednesday in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson.
Shake-A-Leg provides sailing experience for children
MIAMI (AP) — Harry Horgan has made clear his commitment to helping children of all abilities and walks of life: As co-founder and president of Shake-A-Leg Miami, he has spent nearly 30 years getting children into boats and out onto Biscayne Bay.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Shipping and boating traffic will come to a temporary halt at a portion of one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes when President Donald Trump pays a visit to Duluth.
The U.S. Coast Guard is working with the Secret Service to secure the Port of Duluth-Superior when the president attends a meeting on mining and trade followed by an evening rally Wednesday.
Body of Louisiana man pulled from West Pearl River
COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a man who died after a boating incident in the West Pearl River.
Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies found 33-year-old Chad Panks, of Pearl River, about 9 p.m. Friday. The body was turned over to the parish coroner's office to determine an official cause of death.
Agents believe Panks' vessel struck a submerged tree in the water causing it to sink.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is cautioning water enthusiasts to beware of potential safety hazards due to high water levels on the Missouri River.
Chief Game Warden Robert Timian says high water can inundate sandbars, and bring a stronger current, additional debris and the potential for boating traffic to create large waves on the shoreline.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers will be training on and near the Missouri River south of Bismarck this weekend.
The Kimball Bottoms recreational area will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Sunday so the 957th Engineer Company can train.
More than 120 soldiers will be conducting land training and boating and bridging operations on the water.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries says it is buying boat maker Chris-Craft to expand beyond motor homes and travel trailers and create a diversified outdoor lifestyle products company.
Winnebago, based in Forest City, Iowa, hasn't disclosed details of the transaction but said Monday it would finance the deal with cash and debt.
BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — A newly constructed boating access that will allow non-motorized use of Vermont's Berlin Pond is ready for people willing to carry their kayaks and canoes the short distance to the water.
The Times Argus reports the grassy area will provide parking surface for up to eight vehicles near the outlet at the northern end of the pond.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are again offering safety courses for anyone who will be driving a boat on the state's lakes and rivers this summer.
The safety courses are required for anyone operating a boat who was born after 1985, but they are open to anyone.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers several different ways to take the boating safety courses, including an online option. Classroom trainings will be scheduled throughout the state.
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is asking boaters going out on Lake Michigan and other waterways not to keep where they're going a secret.
The Coast Guard is urging boaters to file a "float plan" with someone on land and download the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app.
A press release says such measures are crucial because response agencies don't always search for people who aren't reported "missing, in distress or overdue."
INTRACOASTAL CITY, La. (AP) — State authorities say a 67-year-old Louisiana man died while boating over the weekend.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Monday that searchers found the body of Arnold "Pete" Lege of Mouton Cove about 5:40 p.m. Saturday. That was nearly 11 hours after a good Samaritan found Lege's empty 18-foot boat on the Intracoastal Waterway at Intracoastal City.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is deploying five new patrol boats to law enforcement agencies around the state.
The vessels are designed to operate on rivers, lakes and coastal areas and cost about $150,000.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced Friday that the boats will be assigned to the state's environmental police, the state park police, and to police departments in Glen Cove and Suffolk County on Long Island and Yates County.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials are reopening two lakes in the Mississippi Delta to boating as floodwaters recede.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says boating can resume on Wolf Lake in Yazoo County and Moon Lake in Coahoma County.
The lakes were closed because floodwaters presented unsafe conditions and boat wakes could have further damaged property.
New standard for California’s younger boaters could impact Lake Havasu’s waters
California’s younger boaters may be safer this year due to mandatory boater education classes, but how much safer their education will make Lake Havasu this summer remains to be seen.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have passed a bill to reduce fines for watercraft speeding in no-wake zones and life-jacket violations to $25.
House lawmakers voted 133-3 in favor of the measure Tuesday. The Senate passed it 31-2 Monday.