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Wet May not expected to stop Memorial Day fun at Indiana State Parks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a soggy May, all DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for the holiday weekend.  Across the state, eight state parks are experiencing closures of beaches and/or boat ramps because of recent heavy rainfall. According to Christie Sorrels, […]

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Early treatments seem to be keeping invasive plant at bay

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Department of Natural Resources is testing out an herbicide treatment in LaGrange County in an attempt to stop an invasive plant that can ruin a boating or fishing trip. Most natural lakes in Indiana have Eurasian watermilfoil. It starts growing early in the season and often starves native species forming […]

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Bill would require kids to wear life jackets while boating

By Tyler Gribbons TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –– Children under 13 would be required to wear a life jacket while boating under a bill the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resource committee passed Monday. Senate Bill 434 now moves to the full Senate for consideration. Republican Sen. Allen Paul of Richmond said he authored the bill after multiple […]

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Boating while intoxicated arrests increase

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana conservation officers made 10 arrests for boating while intoxicated during a three-day campaign in June designed to bring awareness to the potential dangers of mixing alcohol and boating. Officers made six arrests during a similar campaign last year, said Major Michael Portteus, Indiana’s boating law administrator. So […]

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Senate sends boating while under the influence bill to governor

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a bill Tuesday that will make the state’s boating while under the influence laws mirror those for driving. Senate Bill 154 – which passed the Senate unanimously – would create a Class C misdemeanor penalty for operating a motorboat while using a […]