Launch fees floated for Shuswap River

The days of launching boats into the Shuswap River for free could be coming to an end.

The Enderby/Area F Joint Services Commission  is considering whether there should be a fee to use  designated launches.

“We have to maintain them,” said director Herman Halvorson of emptying garbage cans and ensuring the roads into the launches are in good condition.

“We have to look at what other jurisdictions do. In Prince Rupert, you pay $5 a day to park.”

Halvorson admits some residents won’t like the  idea of a fee and points out that no decisions have been made yet.

“We have to get input from the Splatsin First Nation and the public,” he said.

The commission has also received user data for the Kildonan Avenue boat launch.

It indicates that there were speed problems with about three jet boats during the summer.

“As this user group appears to be creating the highest negative impact, the commission may consider a reasonable next step to be developing a targeted education campaign or otherwise implementing consultative or restrictive measures focusing on this user group,” said Tate Bengston, deputy chief administrative officer.

One commission member is pushing for more patrols from the RCMP and other agencies.

“We had two last summer and that’s not enough given the use of the river,” said director Tundra Baird.

Baird isn’t sure if local taxpayers should be providing enforcement or if pressure needs to be placed on other levels of government.



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