Meeting Friday on Paul Lake boat access

A fishing group pushing for trailered boat access at Paul Lake is encouraging enthusiasts to attend a public meeting on Friday, March 10.

Kamloops Fly Fishers president Len Piggin said his group and others have argued unsuccessfully for more than two years to get their boats on Paul Lake.

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Lake access is currently restricted so boats with motors cannot easily be launched from Paul Lake Provincial Park.

The intent is to keep speedboats off the lake. Residents with property on Paul Lake, however, face no restrictions.

"They [ministry] were going to provide us access . . . They did something up there [in early 2016], but it was totally inadequate," Piggin said.

One of the issues is providing seniors and those who are handicapped with easy access to the lake.

But Piggin said the general public shouldn't be banned from using the same boats as property owners.

Piggin is arguing for a speed or engine restriction on the lake, but the measure is opposed by Paul Lake residents.

Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake has been involved, but Piggin said he has failed to provide a solution for complete public access.

Friday's meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. in a room at the Ministry of Forests office at 1259 Dalhousie Dr. in Southgate.

Paul Lake property owners, concerned boaters and anglers and ministry officials are expected to be there.

"I want people to be aware that meeting is on and they should voice their opinion," Piggin said.

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