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Paddling association ask parks to review float bans

June 10, 2013 at 06:51 AM

The Associated Press


JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The American Packrafting Association says the National Park Service needs to re-examine allowing paddling sports on the rivers of Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

In a letter last month, the newly formed association criticized the Park Service for inaction.

Currently, river paddling in Wyoming's national parks is allowed only on the Snake River in Grand Teton and in the channel between Lewis and Shoshone lakes in Yellowstone.

Packrafting is a new sport that allows paddlers to access smaller streams in hard-to-reach wilderness areas.

The Packrafting Association says the sport ought to be considered more in-depth.

But Grand Teton spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/15UgbRK ) that paddling has an impact on water quality and river resources.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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