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CAMP BLANDING LAKES OPEN TO PUBLIC ACCESS

By admin at Thu, 2006-07-27 21:07 | | Florida Fishing News

July 25, 2006CONTACT: Karen Parker, (386) 758-0525
Magnolia and Lowry lakes on Camp Blanding open for public fishing access beginning July 28.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, lake access has been closed because of security reasons.
The public may access the lakes from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and any day hunting is allowed and a check station operated.
"Anglers must check in and out at the Treat Road gate check station off State Road 21 near Keystone Heights," said Jerry Krummrich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) regional freshwater fish biologist. "Because of military security, we must monitor access to the post."
Military training days occur, at times, on weekends, closing the area to anglers. Anglers should call the Camp Blanding Lake information line at (904) 682-3318 for a recorded message about possible closures, or the Lake City Regional Fish and Wildlife Commission office at (386) 758-0525.
"Camp Blanding military staff and FWC personnel have worked together to get the access to the lakes reopened to the public. Anglers need to be aware of some additional restrictions when using Magnolia and Lowry lakes," Krummrich said.
"Anglers need to abide by the 1:30 p.m. closure of the lakes," Krummrich said. "Access to these lakes should be considered a privilege. Responsible use will hopefully result in long-term availability of these lakes."
Use of the lakes is restricted to fishing, according to Department of Military Affairs and FWC officials. Anglers must carry out trash from the lake area because garbage cans are not available.
"The Florida National Guard and Florida Department of Military Affairs are pleased to reopen the lakes as an added service to our responsible Florida citizens," said Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett, Adjutant General of Florida. "Many of them have fished these lakes for years and we disliked not being able to provide this privilege after Sept. 11. Now, we can restore some of these opportunities."
 



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