Cravaack Wants to Change Authority on Mille Lacs
DULUTH (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack says he wants to put an end to federal authority over some activities on Mille Lacs Lake.
Coast Guard regulations in 2010 determined that Mille Lacs is a "federally navigable" body of water. As a result, Cravaack says, anglers must follow rules that make fishing more expensive.
Cravaack, R-North Branch, wants to end a requirement for a "six-pack" license for fishing guides or anyone who runs a boat for hire with up to six passengers. It can cost over $1,000 to get that license.
Cravaack says the Department of Natural Resources already patrols Mille Lacs and the Coast Guard's authority is excessive.
The Coast Guard generally has not enforced the six-pack license requirement on inland lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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