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3/30/20 @ 10:00 AM
User since 6/1/09

Any suggestions for local communities to reduce or eliminate launching fees for Lakes in Wi. Also have found signs on some lakes stating ANY CRAFT launching fees! That should eliminate claims by kayaker’s or canoe fishermen that they can launch for free!

3/31/20 @ 6:31 PM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

I used to only go to lakes with no launch fees, but then I decided to expand my horizons (currently trying to catch a fish in every lake in Waukesha County).  For the kayakers (which I am now one of them), I see where you're coming from that the only resource you are using is a parking space.  The way I look at it is you aren't paying for the parking lot, you are paying for the privilege of accessing the water at that location. Don't want to pay the fee?  Find somewhere else to access it. I've fished plenty of lakes with free access and beautiful launches, and double-digit fees for some of the crummiest launches I've ever seen.  It all balances out.

3/31/20 @ 3:16 PM
User since 10/9/16

I would not complain about paying a 5 or $10 to launch my boat. Cheapest entertainment around and you can have fun all day long, that's a deal to me.

3/31/20 @ 10:30 AM
Fish Hound
User since 1/29/02

I agree, no problem paying launch fee's to help maintain the facilities. There are lot's of "upkeep" costs to the launch areas so I understand the need. I purchase the Brown County seasonal which covers most of lower GB including the river launches and the Tri- County for 'bago that covers 8 launches around the lake. For $85 a year I'm covered about anywhere I would go.

Oh, and kayaks are using the facilities as well. The only thing you may not do is back them in the water. Pavements, garbage, bathrooms, landscape, enforcement and any number of things are costs of the launch.

3/31/20 @ 10:16 AM
User since 10/10/17

I don't have any problem paying for launch fees.  $5-10 per day, and $40 per annual.  Just have to make the annual fee easier to pay/display.  Any of the free launches are either too busy, or not enough parking, so I typically avoid them.  

Not sure how you get the launch funded without charging boaters though.  

3/30/20 @ 5:42 PM
User since 6/1/09

Post was 2 parts,State waves fees for state parks during virus restrictions, why not launches ? Second part was if you use the resource pay the same fees others pay to use the resource,doesn’t matter where you park,it is the Access to the water body you are using.Glad they changed the wording to water craft on signs!

3/30/20 @ 5:11 PM
User since 6/10/17

Are you asking "How communities can raise funds to pay for boat launch maintenance without having to collect boat launch fees?" 

Otherwise... This is a interesting questions for me. I will gladly drive 5-10 minutes extra to use a different launch on the same body of water to not pay launch fees. As a kayak angler I also get frustrated if I have to pay for access when the only resource at the boat launch that I am using is a parking space. Especially if there is parking that is not designated for trailer usage. I think entrance fees are a much easier cost for folks to grasp imo compared to boat launch fee. 

We could also just create a generalized natural resources tax or sales tax so everyone who uses the outdoors pay and contributes the same as hunters, anglers and other resource uses whom may pay into Pittman-Robinson or State Parks/Trails. That'll never happen but it would be the easier way to raise vastly larger sums of money for natural resources related costs. 

3/30/20 @ 10:11 AM
User since 12/28/18

If they are taking a parking spot, sounds fair!

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