Federal furloughs don't stop patrols at Gavins Point Dam
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
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
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.
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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