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58 Pa. Code § 53.19. Use of float tubes on Commission-controlled lakes.

§ 53.19. Use of float tubes on Commission-controlled lakes.

 (a)  A float tube is a device constructed to provide stable flotation and a level ride to a single angler in a manner that minimizes the possibility of a capsize. The float tube shall consist of a bladder system made of heavy gauge rubber or rub-ber impregnated support fabric. The bladder shall be covered with a durable fabric shell which provides a seat for the user and two legholes. A secondary bladder in the form of a backrest or similar component shall be included with a float tube to provide additional emergency flotation.

 (b)  It is unlawful to use a float tube or similar device on Commission- owned or -controlled lakes other than a float tube as defined in subsection (a).

 (c)  It is unlawful to use a float tube on Commission-owned or -controlled waters unless the user is properly wearing a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device at all times while using the float tube on the water.

 (d)  It is unlawful to propel float tubes on Commission-owned or -controlled waters by motors or other mechanical propulsion devices of any type or description.

 (e)  It is unlawful to use a float tube on Commission-owned or -controlled waters except for the purpose of lawful public fishing.

 (f)  Float tubes shall be used under this section only on lakes or still waters.


   The provisions of this §  53.19 adopted July 12, 1985, effective July 13, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 2579.

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