Lake Wallenpaupack, in northeastern Pennsylvania, is the state's third-largest lake. It was made in 1926 for hydroelectric power by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company. Today, it's a popular place for outdoor activities and beautiful scenery. People love to go boating on the lake to enjoy its natural beauty. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is in charge of making sure boating and fishing on the lake follow the state's rules.

Every GetMyBoat operator is required to adhere to local regulations, which encompass obtaining the necessary permits, utilizing designated docks, and fulfilling vessel and operational prerequisites. To assist you, we have compiled essential information for your boating experience on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Boating Safety Education Certificate:

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 must have a Boating Safety Education Certificate to operate motor boats over 25 horsepower and personal watercraft (PWC), regardless of age. Boaters and PWC operators should carry their Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of their boater education. For additional information please contact

Boat Operators License:

In addition to possessing the regular boating safety certificate, PFBC mandates that all for-hire boat operators obtain a boat operator's license. To obtain this license, you must complete the application, pay the necessary fee, and successfully pass both a written and oral examination.


To operate legally on Lake Wallenpaupack, it's crucial to have the necessary commercial insurance. This insurance is vital for passenger safety, protecting your business, and meeting legal requirements. For additional information on the required coverage, please inquire with our partner BCI

Registration and Inspection:

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission requires the registration of all motorized boats used for hire and inspections for vessels carrying six or more passengers. You can contact for more information.

Unpowered boats, including paddle boats/boards and sail-only sailboats, must either be registered or display a launch permit. You can find further details on the PFBC website.

Pick up / Drop off Locations:

Ironwood Point Recreation Area Boat Ramp

Ledgedale Recreation Area and Boat Launch

Wilsonville Recreation Area and Boat Launch

Additional Information:

  • Ensure that all boats have the necessary safety equipment, including life jackets for all passengers.
  • Be mindful of lake speed limits, typically 45 mph during the day and 25 mph at night.
  • For-hire boating operators must hold a valid Boating Safety Education Certificate and a for-hire boating operator's license.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 100 feet from the shoreline and other vessels.
  • Adhere to the "no wake" rule, requiring boats to travel at a speed that does not create a wake.
  • Alcohol consumption is strictly forbidden for boat operators.

For further details, please contact the Northeast PFBC office at (570) 477-5717 or email