Craft Registrations


You have three options to register your vessel for use on the River Stour whether you have a kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard (SUP), rowboat and/or inflatable. 


You can register your craft (powered/unpowered, private/commercial). Visit the ‘Boating & Waterways’ section of their website.

Visit EA website


Able to issue EA craft registrations for unpowered, private craft only. Useful optional extras include River Stour Navigation Guide and EA Navigation Key.



‘On the Water’ membership permits the member on certain navigations in England and other benefits. Membership covers the member and not the craft.

Visit BC Members Hub


  • 2021/22 registrations are valid on dates between 01.04.21 – 31.03.22
  • The River Stour Trust can issue craft registrations for unpowered and manually propelled private craft on behalf of the Environment Agency for all Environment Agency waterways (not just the Anglian waterways).
  • Unpowered registrations are valid for use on all EA waterways – the Anglian Waterways (Ancholme, Black Sluice, Glen, Welland, Nene, Great Ouse System and Stour) and in addition the River Thames, River Medway and Rye Harbour.
  • These tariffs apply only to unpowered private use vessels e.g. canoes, kayaks, rowboats, SUP’s, inflatable craft, etc that are used privately (not hired out).

Order Process

  1. Click on relevant heading below for chosen registration (Weekly, Monthly or Annual).
  2. Complete and submit online application (for one or more craft).
    • Please type your email address carefully as this will be used to send an electronic copy of your submitted form.
  3. You will then be automatically redirected to the payment page to select all required items to add to cart to pay by card or PayPal account.
    • useful optional extras include the River Stour Navigation Guide
  4. Proof of payment will be sent to the email address registered with PayPal or entered during checkout.
    • Please check spam/junk folders for confirmation emails because you need these to show a river inspector until you receive your disc (disc no longer issued for weekly registrations).
  5. You should have two confirmation emails:
    • 1st = copy of submitted application form
    • 2nd = payment confirmation
  6. Any issues- please email

Start application by clicking on a heading below: Weekly, Monthly or Annual.

2021/21 WEEKLY2021/22 MONTHLY2021/22 ANNUAL
Valid for 1 – 7
consecutive days
Valid up to 31
consecutive days
Valid between
1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022
Fee is per private unpowered craft, up to 7 consecutive days. Unlimited issues during season (1 Apr-31 Mar). Fee is per private unpowered craft, up to 31 consecutive days.
3 maximum per season (1 Apr-31 Mar) after which only an annual registration can be issued.
Fee is per private unpowered craft, within season (1 Apr-31 Mar). All annual registrations expire on 31 March regardless of when they start. There are no pro-rata annual registration charges.
An additional minimum £1.75 admin fee applies to each order and is referenced as a ‘Shipping’ cost in your shopping cart.

Discs are no longer issued for the weekly registrations but electronic proof of payment will suffice in all cases should you not receive your receipt/disc before your trip. Hard copies of monthly/annual registrations will be posted or you can arrange to collect in person – Contact us.

The Environment Agency takes enforcement action if it finds any boat moored or in use if it is not displaying a current, valid registration plate. All boats kept, used or let for hire on the river must be registered. The EA craft registration period is 1 April-31 March.

If you have a boat and you keep it afloat and/or use it on the Anglian waterways, you need to register it, even if you do not use it. Anglian waterways cover the River Great Ouse System, River Nene, River Stour, River Ancholme, Black Sluice, River Welland and River Glen. These requirements extend to boats kept on any part of our Anglian waterways including backwaters and marinas.

River Stour Navigation Guide – £3.50

The Environment Agency and River Stour Trust have produced a very good guide for paddlers about the Suffolk & Essex River Stour. A map of the entire navigable route printed on damp proof paper that folds down to size A5 and opens up to size A2. It includes details and locations of portages, launch sites, the riverside campsite, important information and contact details for relevant organisations. Download an electronic version – click here.