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Old 07-08-00, 08:01 PM   #1
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In a recent post to this section of the Board, I relayed my experience when trying to get permission to use my tube at Fort Yargo. I also posted that I had written a letter to my DNR Board Representative about this. The DNR has replied in the affirmative!!!

The letter I received from the DNR Commissioner, Lonice C. Barrett says in part,
"We understand your group's desire to be allowed to use float tubes as a means of solitary recreation for fishing at state parks. Thus the management staff of the Georgia State Parks & Historic Site Division has carefully reviewed the laws and rules in which we operate our state parks to see if there was a possible way to allow float tube fishing at our state parks.

After carefully reviewing the law and rules, which apply to boating in the State of Georgia, the management staff of the Georgia State Parks & Historic Site Division has decided to consider float tubes used for fishing as a Class A vessel. Consequently, state parks will allow float tubes to be used for fishing in the Georgia State Parks Waters where privately owned boats are permitted."

The letter continues to say that we must adhere to the state boating regs that govern Class A vessels, namely we must carry a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device. It also states that park managers can use some descretion where hazards may be present, such as, alligators, or high speed boat traffic.

I'm glad I wrote the letter and I'm glad my Mom taught me years ago that sometimes it does pay to fight city hall - or at least contact them!!! Let's thank the DNR for being sensitive to our wishes and looking into the matter rather than just ignoring us.

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Old 07-08-00, 10:34 PM   #2
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Good news and good for you in pursuing the question. Thanks!!
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Old 07-09-00, 07:49 AM   #3
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Hey Woolybugg:
Please post the address of the individual you contacted at the DNR. Some positive responses form the board members may go over big. The DNR just may not realize how many of us tube their water ways. Thanks also for the effort. I wonder if the this DNR department knows about NGTO on the "ask the DNR" section.
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Old 07-09-00, 07:54 AM   #4
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Great job, WB. I, too would like to thank DNR for putting some energy into this question.

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Old 07-09-00, 10:43 AM   #5
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Bravo! Thank you for persisting on this point.

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Old 07-09-00, 07:14 PM   #6
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Well. First let me say that I'm glad.


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Thanks W.B. good job.


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Old 07-10-00, 11:29 AM   #7
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fly on the wall -

Here's the Board memeber that I contacted:

Thomas W. Wheeler, Jr.
Post Office Box 957209
Duluth, GA 30095
Bus: (770) 476-4801
Fax: (770) 497-8811

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Old 07-10-00, 12:48 PM   #8
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Thanks, Woollybugg
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Old 07-10-00, 01:10 PM   #9
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Many thanks man!!! Its about time we won one.
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Old 07-10-00, 09:11 PM   #10
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So, what's the damage on the disclaimer? Anybody have a list of the State Parks that do and do not allow private boats? No private boats means no float tubes.
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