Thursday, June 16, 2011

Independence Lake 2011 - New Year, New Rules

Last year the Nature Conservancy conducted a survey to determine how best to allow public access to the lake while preventing AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) from entering. This is a key part to their mission which is preservation of the lake's self-sustaining Lahontan Cutthroat Trout population and the 6 other indigenous fish species in the watershed. Here is a link to the NEW RULES. Some trade offs had to occur, namely, the won't allow people to haul in their own personal watercraft, rather, they're going to purchase a small fleet of boats and keep them at the lake for rent. They're plan is to get 3 aluminum boats w/ 9.9hp motors (rentable only every other week for purposes of keeping the lake quite part of the time), 14 kayaks and 4 pontoon boats (Dave Scadden Rampages). One positive occurrence is the creation of 7 first-come first-serve walk-in campsites w/ fire rings and bear boxes.

The lake is ice free, but thanks to a huge snow pack, can't be accessed by vehicle yet, it requires a 2.5 mile hike. They hope to have access to the public and the boat fleet ready by July 4th this year. If you haven't been to the lake, its a must see Sierra Gem!


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