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Dinghy, kayak and canoe storage

If you store your dinghy, kayak or canoe on a council reserve, you need to register it with Port Stephens Council.

What is a dinghy, kayak or canoe?

DinghyA dinghy is a single hulled or multi hulled vessel to a maximum of 3 metres.
Kayak and canoeA single hulled vessel up to a maximum of 5 metres.

Water vessels which do not fit the dinghy, kayak or canoe definition cannot be registered and therefore cannot be stored on our foreshores.

Unauthorised vessels include:

  • sailboard
  • jetski
  • any vessel over 3m in length (except a canoe or kayak)
  • medium/large trailable vessel
  • trailer sailer/sailboat fitted with mast
  • catamaran
  • work punt or pontoon
  • rowing skull.

Council rangers will remove unregistered, unauthorised and abandoned water vessels from Council managed foreshore reserves

To enquire about an impounded vessel, call 02 4988 0255.

You can only store registered canoes and kayaks in the designated location at the following reserves:

  • Dutchmans Beach, Nelson Bay
  • Tanilba Park, Tanilba Bay
  • Foster Park, Tanilba Bay
  • Peace Park, Tanilba Bay

How to register a dinghy, kayak or canoe:

Download a form below and return by email or post. Alternately, you can register your vessel in person at Nelson Bay Visitors Information Centre or our Administration Building in Raymond Terrace.

Kayaks and canoes can be registered using the below 2021/2022 form.

Receive your individually numbered annual registration sticker.

Place the sticker on your vessel in a visible location. Remember that you need a new sticker every year!