Officials Want Lake Lowell to be Friendlier to Water Skiing
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and the Canyon County commissioners say they want a recently released management plan for a southwest Idaho federal wildlife refuge changed to be more accommodating for water skiing.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that some area residents are angry after discovering the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge management plan for Lake Lowell released last month prohibits the use of motorized boats that have internal or external wake generating devices and ballasts.
Justin Harrison of Idaho Watersports says 70 percent of the boats on his showroom floor couldn't be used on the lake. Lake Lowell is popular recreation area, but it's also in important spot for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. The management plan says restricting wakes protects shoreline vegetation and birds that nest on the water.