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New Virginia boat landing access fee could strain river outfitters

Date Posted: 2021-01-05
Source: The Roanoake Times

Take note, boaters and floaters: You may need your papers in order next year.

A law passed in March requires commonwealth bona fides beginning Jan. 1, 2021, for boating access sites that the Department of Wildlife Resources owns or manages.

For river outfitting businesses, that could bring a logistical quagmire when people show up to canoe, kayak or tube down the river. Buchanan-based Twin River Outfitters sees up to 200 people on nice, in-season days at the James River, business co-owner John Mays said. He expects that he and his staff would have to help most of them sign up online for a $4, one-day, access pass.

Outfitters aren’t responsible for it by law, but reality dictates otherwise, Mays said.

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