FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
[58 PA. CODE CH. 111]
Boating; Special Regulations Counties
[52 Pa.B. 5652]
[Saturday, September 3, 2022]
The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) proposes to amend Chapter 111 (relating to special regulation counties). The Commission is publishing this proposed rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa.C.S. (relating to Fish and Boat Code) (code). The proposed amendment updates the Commission's regulations pertaining to Treasure Lake, located in Clearfield County.
A. Effective Date
This proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
B. Contact Person
For further information on this proposed rulemaking, contact Wayne Melnick, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This proposed rulemaking is available on the Commission's web site at www.fishandboat.com.
C. Statutory Authority
The proposed amendment to § 111.17 (relating to Clearfield County) is published under the statutory authority of section 5124(a) of the code (relating to particular areas of water).
D. Purpose and Background
The specific purpose and background of the proposed amendment is described in more detail under the summary of proposal.
E. Summary of Proposal
Treasure Lake is a 379-acre lake within the grounds of a semi-private resort-style residential development of the same name. It is the largest of three lakes on the property and is designated for motorboats. It has a speed limit of 35 mph. Treasure Lake is popular for boat-towed watersports, as well as fishing and kayaking. The lake has a marina with 200 boat rental slips and four boat launches.
In March 2022, the Treasure Lake Board of Directors voted to amend its policies to extend the maximum boat length on Treasure Lake from 25 feet to 26 feet, consistent with the United States Coast Guard's definition of a Class 1 vessel (16 feet to 25.9 feet). The Treasure Lake Board of Directors has requested the Commission adopt the same regulatory amendment in the Pennsylvania Code so that Waterways Conservation Officers can continue to assist in enforcement of this boating regulation.
The Commission proposes that § 111.17 be amended to read as set forth in Annex A.
This proposed rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.
G. Fiscal Impact
This proposed rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions.
H. Public Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, objections or suggestions about this proposed rulemaking to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.
Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/ regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.
TIMOTHY D. SCHAEFFER,
Fiscal Note: 48A-337. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.
TITLE 58. RECREATION
PART II. FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Subpart C. BOATING
CHAPTER 111. SPECIAL REGULATIONS COUNTIES
§ 111.17. Clearfield County.
(a) Treasure Lake.
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(3) Boats longer than  26 feet in length are prohibited.
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[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1348. Filed for public inspection September 2, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]
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