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E-M:/ Crooked River Lock Passage Fees Announced



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 23 FEB 05
Contact: Colleen Steinman, 517-373-0399

Crooked River Lock Passage Fees Announced

State recreation officials today announced fees will be collected from
all watercraft that pass through the Crooked River Lock on northern
Michigan's Inland Waterway when the facility opens for the 2005
boating
season April 23.

All recreational watercraft, including jet skis, will pay $4 to pass
through the locks and commercial vessels will be charged $8. A $30
annual pass is available for recreational watercraft and $60 for
commercial watercraft. Law enforcement craft are exempt from paying the
fee.

The Crooked River Lock is one of two sets of locks operated by the
Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division along
the
Inland Waterway. The same fees are levied at the Cheboygan River Lock
near Cheboygan.

"Collecting the same fee at both locations will make it consistent for
boaters along the Inland Waterway and raise revenue to cover the
lock's
cost of operation and make necessary future repairs to keep this
popular
recreation opportunity available," said DNR Parks and Recreation Chief
Ron Olson.

The fees were supported by the state Waterways Commission as part of
the 2005 fiscal year budget including transient slip rates, access
fees
and lock rates.

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