|PENNSYLVANIA FISH & BOAT COMMISSION (PFBC)
The mission of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission is to protect, conserve and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. PFBC is responsible for promoting fishing and boating, and regulating and enforcing fishing and boating laws and regulations in Pennsylvania. Established in 1866, the PFBC is primarily funded by Pennsylvania’s boaters and anglers through boat registration fees and fishing license revenues.
|PENNSYLVANIA’S BOATING OPPORTUNITIES
Pennsylvania provides nearly unlimited opportunities for the recreational boater. The Commonwealth has over 85,000 miles of rivers and streams ranging from headwaters to major river systems. It has 76 natural lakes that provide 5,266 acres of flat water. An additional 2,300 constructed impoundments provide another 200,000 acres of boatable waters. Lake Erie has 63 plus miles of shoreline and 735 square miles of waters within Pennsylvania’s boundaries. The Delaware River provides 56 miles of tidal waters within Pennsylvania and access to the Atlantic Ocean.
The number of recreational boats on Pennsylvania waters continues to increase. In 1982, fewer than 200,000 boats were registered. In 2011, there were more than 331,000 registered boats. Over half of the registered boats in the Commonwealth are less than 16 feet in length. Pennsylvania is primarily a small-boat state. However, all kinds of boating are popular, from whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River to powerboating on the lower Delaware River.