California Boaters Will Need ID Card to Access Lake

California boats under the age of 20 will soon need an ID card to access lakes. Part of us hates this and part of us love it.

From an article on The HavasuNews web site in California.

Starting in January, California’s motorized boaters younger than 20 will be required to receive a California Boater Card, indicating that such boaters have passed a state-approved boater safety education exam. That age requirement will be raised incrementally over the next eight years, and according to California State Parks, all California boaters will be required to have a California Boater Card by 2025.


The lake in this story is still fishable; you just need to show ID if you're under 20. After seeing our share of bad boaters over the years, this really does not sound like a bad idea.

The whole story can be read here.

We are in favor of licenses for boaters in general. When we first saw the title of this article our "Less Government PLEASE" bells went off, but the more we think about it the more we actually support boater licensing.

How about you? We would love your comments on this one for sure.

The Online Fisherman

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