Got your kayak and looking to get out and paddle? 

Boats, kayaks and canoes that do not have a motor attached do not need to be registered in California but you do need to go through Santa Clara County's Inspection Program before launching. 

Kayaks must be inspected for invasive mussels prior to be being launched onto a fresh water body of water. Schedule your inspection by clicking here.

Required Equipment

Life Jackets:


All human-powered vessels, regardless of length, must carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in serviceable condition and of a type and size appropriate for the intended wearer, the conditions and the boating activity. The life jackets must be within easy reach for each person on board. Under California state law, every child under 13 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while the boat is underway.

Sound Signaling Devices:
A whistle, bell or other means of making an efficient sound signal.

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