Arkansas SUP Laws

  • PFD Requirement:  Minimum age: Under 13, While underway, All length vessels
  • Approved life jackets: USCG-approved Type I, II, or III, or Type V
  • Alcohol Law – It’s illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level 0.08% or above.
  • Lights: Use appropriate lighting when away from the dock between sunset and sunrise or during periods of restricted visibility
  • Sounding Devices – Vessels less than 39.4 feet. need a whistle or horn to use as a sounding device.
  • Visual Distress Signaling – In coastal waters you need a (VDS) Visual Distress Signaling device.
  • Registration – vessels without mechanical propulsion, like kayaks and canoes, are exempted from registration.