Paddling in International Waters

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Bridge over international borderPaddlers can freely cross international boundaries that occur over a water body. However, paddlers who land in another country (anchor, wade or touch the bottom with a paddle) are committing an illegal act unless the arrival is properly reported to the appropriate authorities. Violation of international border-crossing laws can result in severe penalties. Current guidelines can be obtained from the Canada Border Services Agency or U.S. Customs and Border Protection.