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Old 12-10-2020, 05:55 AM
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Default New VA DWR Boating Access Site Use Regs

Effective Jan 1, 2021; Virginia DWR will require permits to use state owned or managed facilities. If you have your boat registered in VA or a VA fishing license, you are covered.

https://dwr.virginia.gov/boating/access-faq/

I'd assume most from out-of-state using ramps will be covered with a VA fishing license- so it feels like this is targeted more to paddle-sports.

What do we think about this?
Old 12-11-2020, 08:08 AM
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What if you have a Maryland Fishing License which is reciprocal in Virginia?
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I was wondering the same thing? I live in Maryland and have a $50 MD fishing permit sticker on my boats. The is/was a reciprocal license for the Chesapeake in MD and VA?
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if you are on the eastern shore there are more permits coming as well in Accomack county

ACCOMACK COUNTY WILL BEGIN CHARGING PARKING FEES AT 16 COUNTY-OWNED BOATING ACCESS SITES STARTING JULY 1, 2021

“We have an implementation team that is working on the particulars of the permit design, website links for at-home purchase/print, etc. Information will be forthcoming on that as we get closer to the implementation target of July 1, 2021. Please note the following:

-Any Accomack County taxpayer (real estate or personal property) is entitled to a permit free-of-charge. The permits will be mailed out automatically to owners of boats registered in Accomack County and other Accomack taxpayers (such as owners of kayaks that do not require registration) will also be entitled to a free permit, although they may need to pick up at Treasurer's Office (still working on that).

-Note the section [of the local law] that allows for reciprocity with Northampton County. It will be Northampton's choice whether to implement a permit system, what if any fees will be charged, etc.

-For projects where VMRC/RFAB funding was used, the requirement is that holders of Va Saltwater Recreational Fishing Licenses receive a discount, which they will. In fact this is the exact fee structure that has been in place at Quinby Harbor for many years. Accomack chose to apply the discount county-wide, but only Quinby Harbor and Greenbackville Harbor are currently bound by the requirement with VMRC. The 20-year contract with Harborton has expired.

-New signs will be installed at each facility that indicate a parking permit is required….We are also planning to disseminate information to local tackle shops (including Seahawk) and online (like TidalFish). Would be great if the Angler's Club could help us with that also. No collection boxes, permits would be purchased online or through Treasurer's Office. The revenue will go to the County's General Fund (where most of the funding for boat ramp projects comes from now). As for the date, the County's fiscal year always runs July 1-June 30 and there was not enough time to do all the prep work for implementation by January 1.”

As is noted in the new law, the locations that are specifically affected include:
Anns Cove – Bloxom, New Road
Folly Creek – Accomac, Route 651
Gargatha Landing – Gargatha, Route 680
Greenbackville Harbor – Greenbackville, Route 3006
Hack’s Neck – Pungoteague, Route 759
Hammocks - Sanford, Route 788
Harborton – Pungoteague, Route 180, Shore Drive
Johnson’s Landing – Parksley, Route 670
Gladding Landing – Bloxom, Route 685
Old NASA Ferry Dock – Mappsville, Route 730
Parkers Creek Landing – Accomac, Routes 666 & 674
Pitts Landing – New Church, Route 804
Quinby Harbor – Quinby, Route 606
Schooner Bay – Onancock, Route 802
Southside Chesconessex – Onancock, Route 649
Young Creek – Bloxom, Route 676

Daily and annual fees per motor vehicle are $7 and $40 respectively. A $75 fine was stipulated per violation (that does not include court costs). The sheriff’s department will be responsible for enforcement.



Per the topic on the thread above. The DWR owns or shares 235 boating access facilities in Virginia, the following six of which are in Accomack and Northampton Counties. You need that other permit to access these now.

Accomack:
Messongo Creek (Hammocks)
Pungoteague Creek (Harborton)
Queens Sound Channel (Queens Sound)

Northampton:
Cape Charles River (Cape Charles)
Oyster Harbor (Oyster)
Red Bank Creek (Red Bank)

Old 12-18-2020, 06:55 AM
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Here's what DWR got back to me with:Hi Kevin,

Anybody of water where we have a reciprocal license agreement (Gaston, Buggs Island, Claytor, and the Potomac River is permissible as long as the operator of the boat has a valid boat registration and/or fishing license.

All the best,

Lee
So I think that means that the MD fishing licenses in the bay will be covered.
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Thanks for bringing attention to this new permit. As a Maryland resident who frequents Virginia waters it appears I will now have to pay $76 to park my truck and trailer for a few hours this summer? Hope the bay warms up early and the cobia reach the line early I guess...
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Originally Posted by Fishoardie5 View Post
Thanks for bringing attention to this new permit. As a Maryland resident who frequents Virginia waters it appears I will now have to pay $76 to park my truck and trailer for a few hours this summer? Hope the bay warms up early and the cobia reach the line early I guess...
I suspect there will be a lot of problems with enforcement. I have a MD Boat license, reciprocal in VA. Only the MD boat sticker goes on the boat, not the trailer or the tow vehicle...... So when "the man" cometh, they will ticket the vehicle since a "parking permit" is required by not shown on the car. This is what happens when legislatures design new ways to collect "use taxes" and don't consult with the enforcement arm of the law.
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Virginia sure does like it’s fees and tolls.

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