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Federal furloughs don't stop patrols at Gavins Point Dam

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It's been thirteen days since the government shut down and political turmoil continues in our nation's capitol.

Some of those effects are still being felt in our area.

Campgrounds near Gavins Point Dam are closed indefinitely.  Nebraska Tailwaters campsite has a big sign that says this is due to the government shut down.

Chad Breuer typically stays at the campsite with his family and says it's a major inconvenience now that it's closed.

"We usually come down for a couple days at a time and fish and camp and check out the sites. But, now that they closed it, we're limited to one day. And, we just drive down here for the day, and do a little bit of fishing and then go back home," Breuer said.

The campsite at the dam may be closed, but dozens are still flocking to the spot to drop a line.

The waters were filled with boaters all weekend long.

Many fishermen could also be seen casting along the shoreline.   

Despite the federal furloughs, the permitting laws are still being enforced.

Mark Young's friend learned that the hard way, when he was fined $900 for not releasing a paddlefish that measured three eighths larger than allowed.

While there may be less park rangers patrolling the waters, the state game wardens haven't lightened up their checks.

"People should still be aware that the game wardens and the law enforcement is basically out there making sure the rules are kept in tact," Young said.

A good warning for all those hoping to take advantage paddlefish season during the shutdown.        

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