Friends of the CR National Wildlife Refuge

Paddlers gently guide their kayaks through Three Sisters Springs inside the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 17, 2020, during Refuge Day.

Did you know that according to the U.S. Coast Guard, a canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard are considered vessels? Many people who own or rent these recreational paddle craft are not aware of this. As vessels, your canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard must conform to federal, state and local laws.

The basic requirements for these crafts are very simple:

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