Soldotna Asks Board of Fish to Increase Park Safety

Posted: August 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

The City of Soldotna is asking the Board of Fisheries to close portions of the Centennial campgrounds to fishermen from July 1 through August 30 of each year. Parks and Rec Director Andrew Carmichael authored the proposal…

 

Carmichael: “To try to improve the safety in the area near the boat launch at Centennial campground. Over the years many interactions have occurred where lures flew into boats, people almost hit by boats trying to enter the limited space during currents.”

 

If the proposal is adopted by the Board during their 2014 meetings in Anchorage, the area would still be open to the public in May and June. Carmichael said the two-month closure would revolve around the peak of the sockeye season.

 

In the official paperwork, Carmichael wrote that no one would suffer from the changes, but during our conversation he conceded some may be disappointed…

 

Carmichael: “The people who have a position that that’s the only place they can catch fish. People who would be positively impacted would be boaters coming in and out and possible even a potential person bank fisherman standing there that will now hopefully not be standing there to where they might be at risk of being hit by a boat or something like that.”

 

You can view the full book of proposals on the Board of Fish website. Comments are being taken until two weeks before the March meetings.

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