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Franklin Lakes Considers Boating at Nature Preserve, Asks Residents

The borough released a survey about the possibility this week.

Officials in the borough of Franklin Lakes are considering allowing small boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve, and is asking residents for their thoughts on the possibility.

The borough released an online survey Thursday soliciting resident feedback on the idea.

"The Mayor and Council are considering whether to allow small non-motorized “car-top” boats or similar watercrafts...on the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve," the borough said in its release.  

"Only boats that can be brought into the Preserve on top or inside vehicles would be permitted – no trailers." 

The survey asks residents whether or not they think boating should be permitted, and to explain their feelings. 

According to NorthJersey.com, Mayor Frank Bivona - who first proposed the idea last spring - said recently he'd like to roll out boating at the Preserve this spring. The idea came from a Ramsey Outdoor-sponsored Paddle Day at the Preserve last year that was very popular, the report said. The borough council has supported the idea, but expressed concern about policing boating at the site, it said.

Take the survey here.

Tina B January 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM
This is not good news. I disagree. This is going to cause pollution (people throwing soda and water bottles, fast food wrappers, etc. in the water) and it will also disrupt and frighten away the wildlife and birds-----isn't protecting the natural habitat, wildlife, and birds the whole point in having a nature preserve? I hope they don't do this, it will destroy everything this preserve stands for.
Tom Kristiansen January 24, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I think this is a great idea and I don't feel like this will add any pollution burden to the site. There is far greater disruption of birds and wildlife caused by walking the perimeter of the old reservoir looking for a decent fishing spot versus someone paddling a canoe or kayak in the middle of the water. I would buy a canoe if they allowed this at this site. PLEASE ALLOW THIS!!

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