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Old 02-20-18, 08:04 PM   #11
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Anyone that enjoys float tube fishing at State Parks, many of us have been told this week at Lake Vogel State park that Float tubes will no longer be allowed on any state park water. Trying to get to the bottom of this.
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Old 02-21-18, 07:36 PM   #12
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That's not a good thing. If they are going to prohibit float tubes, what about other inflatables. I will try to remember to call DNR HQ tomorrow and ask questions.
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Old 02-22-18, 02:32 PM   #13
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I have a couple of calls to the Parks division hdq., who had not a clue about this and then up to Lake Vogel, where the lady that answers the phone was equally as uninformed. She took my name and phone number, went to the NGTO message board and saw Ben's posting and promised to have the park manager give me a call.

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Old 02-26-18, 04:47 PM   #14
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Just got off the phone with Jack Becker, the manager of Vogel Lake State Park. Prior to my call, he was happily unaware of any issues involving float tubes and had me send him photos of tubes to be sure we were all talking about the same things. He then contacted his local law enforcement division personnel (game warden) about using float tubes on state park waters. Jack said the warden said float tube could be used on state park waters. However, the person in the tube had to be wearing an Coast Guard approved PFD. Which I can assure you is a good idea at all times.

It is my guestimation, this is one officers or maybe one districts take on the float tubing regulations. Apparently, some warning tickets were recently handed out but no fines to date. Wear your PFD when you are in any kind of boat but I can assure you float tubes do turn over were relative ease.
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Old 02-28-18, 04:51 PM   #15
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***UPDATE***

The statement below is from the manager of Vogel State Park, copied and pasted from his email this morning to me:

I received further clarification on the wearing of PFDs while using float tubes. You do not have to have it on, but you do have to have in the float tube with you. Anyone under the age of 13 must be wearing it.

As a safety professional and avid float tuber, who has completed two half barrel rolls in float tubes (2 events), I would encourage everyone to wear your PFD while in your tube. But, at the end of the day, we may lawfully use our float tubes in state park waters, if we had appropriate PFD's.

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Thanks for following up on this. I personally won't be using a float tube, but its good to know information.
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Old 03-01-18, 08:12 AM   #17
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***UPDATE***

The statement below is from the manager of Vogel State Park, copied and pasted from his email this morning to me:

I received further clarification on the wearing of PFDs while using float tubes. You do not have to have it on, but you do have to have in the float tube with you. Anyone under the age of 13 must be wearing it.

As a safety professional and avid float tuber, who has completed two half barrel rolls in float tubes (2 events), I would encourage everyone to wear your PFD while in your tube. But, at the end of the day, we may lawfully use our float tubes in state park waters, if we had appropriate PFD's.

Thanks much for following up on this, and getting the straight scoop for us..I don't often use my tube in State Parks, but it seemed strange their use would be curtailed.
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Old 03-01-18, 08:34 PM   #18
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I recieved an email stating that the parl ranger at Vogel telling folks this had been informed correctly. I actually recieved an email apology for the misinformation by park staff as well!
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Old 03-01-18, 08:59 PM   #19
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It's' good to see that this issue has been resolved. I was taught in Alaska to not only wear the PFD but to carry a sharp knife to deflate the tube if you flipped over and couldn't get back up.
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A government agency giving out misinformation? No way man!
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