Boats Need to be Removed at U-38 Lake

Release Date: Mar 26, 2012  

Contact(s): Teena Ligman or Judi Perez 812.275.5987

picture of boats left at U38 Lake

Tell City, IN – March 26, 2012. People are leaving their boats at U-38 Lake, a public lake on the Hoosier National Forest. According to Forest Service Officer Donald Kidd, “People have left their boats on this lake year-round in the past, but the boats are private property and need to be removed from national forest lands. It was outside the regulations, and we need to change this pattern.” Anglers have left their fishing boats behind in the past and this pattern needs to be changed.

Officer Kidd explained that storing private property on federal lands is illegal and the property can be confiscated. He points out remote lakes on the Forest are available to anyone to enjoy and the boats clutter the lake shore. “But more importantly, there is a safety issue,” said Officer Kidd. The boats are an attractive nuisance and left unattended are subject to anyone using them and possibly being hurt. “Someone out by the lake could take out one of the boats that may or may not be safe. We don’t want anyone to come to harm.”

The Forest Service is giving boat owners 15 days to remove the boats from U-38 Lake or they will be confiscated. If you know who may be storing their boats at the lake, please ask them to remove their boats or call the Tell City office. Despite Forest Service regulations stating that personal property cannot be left unattended for more than 24 hours, Officer Kidd says these boats have been there for months.

For more information contact the Tell City Ranger District Office at 812-547-7051.