Access Permit Required to Kayak in Virginia DGIF Lakes

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Beginning January 1, 2012, kayaking or other access to public fishing lakes owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will require an Access Permit unless the user already possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration. The new regulation will apply to anyone age 17 or older.

Daily and Annual Access Permits for Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and department-owned public fishing lakes will be available January 1, 2012 for purchase online at, by calling 1-866-721-6911 during business hours, or at any license agent. DGIF has a network of more than 700 license agents statewide at most sporting goods stores and bait shops.

Cost for the Daily Access Permit is $4 and the cost for the Annual Access Permit is $23. The Access Permit, whether Daily or Annual, can be used to access any WMA and DGIF-owned public fishing lake statewide.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) owns more than 201,000 acres of land on 39 WMAs located across the Commonwealth. DGIF also owns 35 public fishing lakes statewide.

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source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)

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