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Jet boats on Chilkat prompt complaint

Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:07am

Lynn Canal Conservation has filed a complaint with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on what they contend are jet boat violations in no wake zone on the Chilkat River.

The Haines-based organization based its complaint on 27 photos taken of Chilkat River Adventures jet boats over approximately a month during July and August. The photos show what Lynn Canal Conservation said are “medium to large size wakes” in the no wake zone through the Sheep Canyon Lake Access Channel.

Sheep Canyon’s no wake zone was created to minimize erosion and to minimize impacts to spawning and rearing habitat, according to a DNR stipulations report.

Lynn Canal’s complaint calls into questions River Adventures permit to operate in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

Karen Hess with Chilkat River Adventures, Inc. responded to the complaint.

Hess said River Adventures continues to be in communication with State Parks.

“We operate under the guidelines of the permit that we obtain from Parks,” Hess said. Hess said the division will do a thorough investigation of LCC’s allegations “as they should do. River Adventures always adheres to the guidelines that we are permitted for and until the investigation is complete.”

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

LINK

Stipulations for Commercial Use Opertations within Alaska Chilkat

www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/permits/soueast11/chilkatbaldeaglestip11.pdf

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