Boating & Fishing


Boating & Fishing Resources

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is tasked with maintaining safety and security on all coastal and inland waters. Flotilla 19-01's main area of operation (AO) is the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna covers over 400 miles and spans New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and into the Chesapeake Bay. There are two major branches of the river.

The river is well known in south-central PA as a hotspot for fishing, recreational boating, and special events in the Harrisburg/New Cumberland area. Three Mile Island, Harrisburg City, Harrisburg International Airport, 193rd PA Air National Guard Base, and the New Cumberland Army Depot, are all located along the Susquehanna River in the capitol region.

Flotilla 19-01 supports the Coast Guard mission with regular safety, security and environmental patrols in our designated AO. We offer free vessel exams to all boaters as well as boating safety courses.

Please browse and utilize the resources below to ensure your boating or fishing voyage is safe and enjoyable. Remember, we are tasked with ensuring the safety of all inland waters and all boaters. We are happy to help you if you have any questions.



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 NOAA chartsNOAA Office of Coast Survey offers free nautical charts in .PDF format. 


  The USCG NAVCEN operates services and provides information that enhances the safety, security, and efficiency of U.S. waterways. It is loaded with useful information.

 PA Fish & Boat Commission Link

The PA Fish and Boat Commission is PA's law enforcement entity for enforcing all boating and fishing statutes and regulations. The USCG AUX works closely with the PFBC.

boating safety resource center link

The U.S. Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division (CG-5422) is dedicated to reducing loss of life, injuries, and property damage that occur on U.S. waterways by improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of recreational boaters.

Always remember to file a float plan! CLICK HERE TO DO SO

-Always wear your life jacket. Alcohol and safe boating operation just don't mix. Know how to swim.

-Read the owner's manual for your boat.

-Always maintain a good look where you're going.

-Stay to the right of oncoming vessels. Keep a whistle or horn readily available. Stay away from tugs, towboats and large ships.

-Stay away from swimming beaches, waterfront residences, jetties, dams and shallow water.

-Don't cut in front of other boats or jump wakes.

-Check the pressure gauge on your fire extinguisher.

-Show consideration to others; be courteous and use common sense in the operation of your craft.

-Be thoroughly familiar with the maneuvering characteristics of your craft.

-Always be considerate of other water enthusiasts. Be responsible. Be safe.

Your life may depend upon it!

Please remember to contact the National Response Center at 800-424-8802 for reporting suspicious activity, oil spills, hazmat releases, and America's Waterway Watch.

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