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PWC Return to Superior’s Pictured Rocks Lakeshore

October 28, 2005
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A nearly three-year decision-making process ended October 27 when a final ruling accepted personal watercraft (PWC) use at Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. The ruling was published in the Federal Register, and is effective immediately.
In 2002, the National Park Service was required by a court settlement to restrict PWC in 21 park units pending the results of scientific studies regarding PWC impact. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the tenth unit to complete an environmental assessment study, which concluded that PWC present “no significant impact,” and are an appropriate boating activity for the National Recreation Area. Four other national park units are in the final stages of the rulemaking process to determine if PWC will be allowed back into those parks.
The following chart details national recreation areas, seashores, and lakeshores and their stage in the PWC review process:
Amistad National Recreation Area (TX) OPEN TO PWC as of May 27, 2004
Assateague Island National Seashore (MD/VA) OPEN TO PWC as of June 30, 2003
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (MT/WY) OPEN TO PWC as of June 1, 2005
Big Thicket National Preserve (TX) EA published July 24, 2002; draft rule in progress
Cape Lookout National Seashore (NC) EA in progress
Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK) OPEN TO PWC as of September 2, 2004
Curecanti National Recreation Area (CO) EA published June 13, 2003
Fire Island National Seashore (NY) OPEN TO PWC as of July 6, 2005
Gateway National Recreation Area (NJ/NY) EA published May 13, 2003; draft rule in progress
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (AZ/UT) OPEN TO PWC as of May 1, 2003
Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL/MS) EA published April 19, 2004; draft rule in
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (AZ/NV) OPEN TO PWC as of April 9, 2003
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX) OPEN TO PWC as of May 27, 2004
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (WA) OPEN TO PWC as of June 25, 2004
Padre Island National Seashore (TX) EA in progress
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI) OPEN TO PWC as of October 27, 2005

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