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Invasives Rules Leave Lake Harriet, Calhoun Boaters Cross

New restrictions put in place last month.

Remember that was looming over Lakes Harriet and Calhoun last month? The one which Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials tried to head off with new restrictions on when and where you can put boats into the lakes?

Well, some of those boaters and anglers are none too keen on those rules, according to the Southwest Journal. 

“I understand the need to protect the lakes from aquatic invasive species, but I feel your efforts are greatly misdirected,” wrote Darin Sorenson in an e-mail to the Park Board.

Others, reporter Nick Halter said, were upset that canoes and kayaks were exempt, but sailboats and powerboats were not.

Starting July 13, every boat ramp at Lakes Calhoun, Harriet, and Nokomis will be chained shut, with no boaters allowed onto the water without first being inspected by a Park Board official. The inspectors will be at the ramps from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. Inspections will cease after Sept. 30.

Anna Schier July 12, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Do you agree with the new boat inspection policy, or do you feel it will hinder or limit your ability to enjoy the waters?
Lacey July 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM
It will be a pain in the neck! The line will be insanely long on the weekends!! :(

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