Feds suspend plan to restrict boating at Havasu Refuge

Posted at 10:41 AM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 13:41:36-04

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has suspended its proposal to limit recreational boating at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

Today's News-Herald reports that the announcement comes after months of protests and legislative efforts to block the proposal. A formal public comment period on the proposal ended June 13 and officials say the majority of comments were negative.

The proposal would have prohibited waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding or other recreational-towed devices in the area.

Wildlife officials say they will work to increase their communication with local leaders before releasing an updated proposal.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Chris Tincher says the half-mile area of water that closed last May will not reopen despite Thursday's announcement.

Lake Havasu City officials say they are working to reopen the area.