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winter and boats?

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Yes it’s winter, but you need to keep an eye out for the next boat regisrations

Boat owners are reminded that 2014 is the first year of a new three-year registration period, and with it comes an increase in license fees passed during the 2013 legislative session.

Effective Jan. 1, the price to register motorboats under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, increases from $12 to $18, motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length from $24 to $36, and motorboats at least 20 feet in length from $33 to $45. As part of the legislation, hunting and fishing license fees will increase April 1.

The new boat registration cycle begins Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2016.

Boat registrations will be mailed by the end of December. In addition, boat registrations can be renewed online after Dec. 15 at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, by clicking the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed.

Regulations require the boat number to be in contrasting color to the hull in plain vertical block letters at least 3 inches in height, excluding any border, trim, outlining or shading, and must be maintained in a legible condition so the number is clearly visible in daylight hours. The number must read from left to right, and groups of numbers and letters must be separated by a space or hyphen equivalent in width to the letter “M.”

In addition, a validation sticker issued by the Game and Fish Department must be displayed on the boat within 6 inches of the number toward the rear of the boat. No other numbers should be displayed in this area.

Boat owners who do not receive a renewal notice by Feb. 1 should contact the Game and Fish Department at (701) 328-6335, or emailndgf@nd.gov. Many renewals are likely to be returned because some owners who moved within the last three years did not notify the department with their new address.

May Highlights Safe Boating

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A public awareness campaign held annually in May emphasizes the need for boaters to wears life jackets.

Nancy Boldt, boat and water safety coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the message reinforces the importance of personal flotation devices.

“Facts prove there is no safety substitute for wearing a life jacket while recreating on public waters,” Boldt said.

Failure to wear a PFD is the main reason people lose their lives in boating accidents. Boldt said each year, about 700 people nationwide die in boating-related accidents. Nearly 70 percent are caused by drowning, and eight of 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket.

North Dakota law requires Coast Guard approved PFDs in the following circumstances:

  • ·         On watercraft less than 16 feet in length, one wearable PFD must be on board for each person.
  • ·         Anyone being towed on water-skis, surfboard, or a similar device must wear a PFD.
  • ·         No person may operate or permit the operation of a personal watercraft without each person on board wearing a PFD.
  • ·         Watercraft of 16 feet or longer must have one wearable PFD for each person on board, and one throwable flotation device.
  • ·         On any vessel less than 27 feet in length, all persons 10 years of age or younger must wear a properly fastened, Coast Guard approved PFD.

Boaters are reminded to test life jackets for serviceability and fit. All straps and buckles must be intact and there should be no rips or tears in the fabric.

Devils Lake access udpate via Suzie Kenner

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With a big thank you to the Lake Region Anglers, the docks are in at the following public boat landings on Devils Lake: Pelican Lake, Six Mile Bay, Lakewood, East Bay, and Black Tiger Bay.
Click here for the following information:
Call the Devils Lake CVB for a free fishing packet at 1-800-233-8048
Please call Suzie Kenner at 701-662-4903 or email at suzie@devilslakend.com with any questions.

check the ramps

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Anglers Should Check Status of Missouri River Boat Ramps

Anglers planning to fish the Missouri River this spring should take notice of which boat ramps are accessible.

Bob Frohlich, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries development supervisor, says the damages from last year’s flood are still evident in some areas from the Garrison Dam to South Dakota, and numerous sites will be closed for some time.

“While all ramps and some of the associated infrastructure were damaged to some degree from last year’s flood, many of the ramps are now open and usable at least for the time being,” Frohlich said. “However a couple popular ramps, MacLean Bottoms and Kneifel Landing, are currently closed, but the department hopes to have them operational as soon as possible.”

Local park boards who manage these areas have been busy working with FEMA, engineers and contractors to come up with plans and funding to reconstruct facilitates damaged or destroyed during the flood. The Game and Fish Department is assisting park boards, as well as working on a number of its own ramps.

At this time of the year, conditions can change daily and anglers are encouraged to check the status of Missouri River boat ramps by accessing the boating link at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov.

boating class? in January? yep….

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Now is a good time for parents with children who want to operate a boat or jet ski this summer to have them take the state’s boating basics course.

State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 to pass the course before they operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.

The course is available for home-study from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office. Two commercial providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites can be found by accessing the department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The online provider charges for the course, not the Game and Fish Department. The fee stays with the online provider.

Upon completion of the online test, and providing a credit card number, students will be able to print out a temporary certification card, and within 10 days a permanent card will be mailed.

The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting underway, accidents and special topics such as weather, rules of the road, laws, life saving and first aid.

For more information contact Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, by email at ndgf@nd.gov; or call (701) 328-6300

It’s National Safe Boating Week May 21-27

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A public awareness campaign held annually in May emphasizes the need for boaters to wears life jackets.

Nancy Boldt, boat and water safety coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said this year’s National Safe Boating Week is May 21-27. “This annual week-long event reinforces the importance of personal flotation devices,” Boldt said. “Facts prove there is no safety substitute for wearing a life jacket while recreating on public waters.”

Failure to wear a PFD is the main reason people lose their lives in boating accidents. Boldt said each year, about 700 people nationwide die in boating-related accidents. Nearly 70 percent are caused by drowning, and eight of 10 victims were not wearing a life jacket.

North Dakota law requires Coast Guard approved PFDs in the following circumstances:

  • On watercraft less than 16 feet in length, one wearable PFD must be on board for each person.
  • Anyone being towed on water-skis, surfboard, or a similar device must wear a PFD.
  • No person may operate or permit the operation of a personal watercraft without each person on board wearing a PFD.
  • Watercraft of 16 feet or longer must have one wearable PFD for each person on board, and one throwable flotation device.
  • On any vessel less than 27 feet in length, all persons 10 years of age or younger must wear a properly fastened, Coast Guard approved PFD.

Boaters are reminded to test life jackets for serviceability and fit. All straps and buckles must be intact and there should be no rips or tears in the fabric.

 

boat registration reminder

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Boat owners are reminded that 2011 is the first year of the new three-year registration period. All boat registrations with an orange decal expired Dec. 31, 2010.

The new registration cycle runs through Dec. 31, 2013. New blue and white boat validation stickers have the expiration year of 13 prominently readable in the middle of the sticker.

For information on how to attach the number and validation sticker to a boat, refer to page 10 of the 2011-13 North Dakota Boat and Water Safety Guide.

Renewal notices for the current three-year period were mailed in December. Boat owners who have not received a renewal notice, or have misplaced it, should contact the department by email at ndgf@nd.gov, or call (701) 328-6335.

Boat registrations can be renewed online at the department’s website, gf.nd.gov, by accessing the online services link, and “watercraft registration and renewals” under the watercraft heading.

Also, anyone buying a new or used watercraft can register online and generate a 10-day temporary permit that is valid until the registration is processed.

 

SS Ruby sets sail

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If you’ve never taken a trip on the SS Ruby or never been on the water view of the Red…DO IT>>> you’ll love it. You will. We’ve all looked at the Red River from shore or driven over it on a bridge but …that’s like driving by Pizza Corner…until you’ve tried it you don’t know what your missing. So here’s your chance!

S.S. Ruby Boat Tours and Canoe/Kayak Rentals Open for Season

The S.S. Ruby is ready to set sail!!! S.S. Ruby, the Gem of the North, will begin touring the Red River for the 2010 season on Saturday, June 12. Come discover the history, geography, and wildlife of the Red River from the decks of the S.S. Ruby during a 45-minute narrated tour. Each cruise leaves at the top of the hour, every hour. The S.S. Ruby seats 17 passengers and can be reserved for birthdays, family reunions, or company outings any day of the week.

Or, rent a canoe or kayak, and experience the Red River in downtown Fargo-Moorhead first-hand. Paddle the waters of the Red River without transporting your own canoe or kayak. Basic instruction and safety equipment is provided.

The ticket booth and departure location is underneath the 1st Avenue North Bridge adjacent to the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Avenue North in Moorhead. Regular operating hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 5-8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1-8 p.m.

 

memorial weekend boating access

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boat ramp access updates for Lake Sak, Oahe, Missouri River and Devils Lake right here http://www.gf.nd.gov/boating/

think boating basics

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Time to Think Boating Basics

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts of the requirements for youngsters operating a watercraft.

State law requires youngsters ages 12-15 who want to operate a boat or personal watercraft with at least a 10 horsepower motor to first pass the state’s Boating Basics Course. In addition, major insurance companies give adult boat owners who pass the course a premium discount on boat insurance.

The course is available for home-study from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office. Two providers also offer the course online, and links to those sites can be found by accessing the department’s website at gf.nd.gov.

While the home-study course is free, students will be charged a fee to take it online. The online provider charges for the course, not the Game and Fish Department. The fee stays with the online provider.

Upon completion of the online test, and providing a credit card number, students will be able to print out a temporary certification card, and within 10 days a permanent card will be mailed.

The course covers legal requirements, navigation rules, getting underway, accidents and special topics such as weather, rules of the road, laws, life saving and first aid.

For more information on Boating Basics contact Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, by e-mail at ndgf@nd.gov; or call (701) 328-6300.