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Access permission for canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other small boats without a motor or sail Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Documented values: 2
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

Legal access restriction for boats without a motor or a sail. Examples include canoes, kajaks (both propelled by paddles) and rowboats (propelled by oars). In some regions this legal category has a description along the lines of "muscle powered craft", in the OSM-Seamark wiki it is referred to as "unpowered craft".

This category has the same scope as the category "Craft other than motorized vessels or sailing craft" in the UN-ECE CEVNI - European Code for Inland Waterways - (also used outside Europe either formally or informally , see Implementation document)

This category is mentioned in the following signs in OSM-Seamark tagging :

  • A.16 Fahrverbot.svg Prohibitory sign A.16 ("All craft other than motorized vessels or sailing craft prohibited")
  • E.19 Fahrerlaubnis für Fahrzeuge, die weder mit Maschinenantrieb noch unter Segel fahren.svg Informative sign E.19 ("Craft other than motorized vessels or sailing craft permitted") .

This opposed to signs based upon other power sources, such as

  • A.12 Fahrverbot für Fahrzeuge mit Maschinenantrieb.svg A.12 ("Motorised craft prohibited")
  • A.15 Fahrverbot für Segelfahrzeuge.svg A.15 ("Sailing vessels prohibited") .

In CEVNI no legal distinction is made between rowboats (typically rowing in a backwards position with oars fixed to the craft on a pivot point) and other types of muscle powered / unpowered craft which are paddled in a forward position, with a paddle that is not connected to the craft. Specific prohibitions may refer to limitations in length or width.

Access limitations can also be constituted by general access signs or legislation which might refer to on-the-ground factors such as date, water level, damage to the surroundings or physical barriers.


  • canoe=yes – The public have official, legally-enshrined right of access, i.e. it's a right of way.
  • canoe=no – Access by this transport mode is not permitted for the general public.
  • canoe=portage – Used on ways where a canoe has to be carried over land from one stretch of water to another part.
  • canoe=put_in – For places (also nodes) where the canoe is transferred (e.g. in a portage) from land to water and vice versa.
  • canoe=designated – The route is marked as being a preferred route, usually for a specific vehicle type or types.
  • canoe=permissive – The owner gives general permission for access.
  • canoe=private – The owner may give permission on an individual basis.

List of possible values with further descriptions: see Key:access

See also



OpenStreetBrowser renders objects of interest to paddlers (example). To enable the categories, expand: Leisure, Sport and Shopping > Outdoor activities > Paddling:

  • Paddling Routes
  • Paddling Amenities
  • Paddling Hazards