Just when you think things are crazy, In slips this little law that seemed to catch everyone by surprise!

The National Forest Service announced Wednesday they will be prohibiting alcohol on the AuSable, Manistee and Pine rivers during the summer.

Yes Virginia, Drinking alcohol on some Michigan rivers could cost you $5k or 5 years in prison.

Between May 24 and September 2 (Prime drinking months!) alcohol will be banned on portions of the rivers and within 200 feet of the rivers and if violated could cost a person up to $5,000 in fines or 5 years in prison, which is a maximum penalty.

 

Sign this petition to stop the alcohol ban on Michigan Rivers!

https://www.change.org/p/stop-ban-of-alcohol-on-michigan-rivers?signed=true

 

It currently only affects the:

AuSable River between Mio Dam Pond and 4001 Canoe Landing

Manistee River between Tippy Dam and the Huron-Manistee National Forests Administrative Boundary

Pine River between Elm Flats and Low Bridge.

 

A Forest Service official said the Forest Services has always had the authority to do this in scenic river sections but has enacted the policy this year due to public safety issues.

Pollution, disturbing fish/wildlife habitat and more people using the areas are the main reasons for putting this into action.

The order does not apply to private land in the river corridor, developed campgrounds within national forest or designated campgrounds, the NFS officials said

“The closure order is intended to address persistent public safety issues and protect natural resources on rivers of outstanding recreational value,” said Huron-Manistee National Forests Supervisor Leslie Auriemmo. “Our goal is to create a safer, more sustainable, and more enjoyable experience for the thousands of visitors who recreate on our National Wild and Scenic Rivers each year.”

The Forest Service says more people are coming to the rivers every year and they want to ensure safe recreation experience for everyone visiting the national forest.

The initial enforcement is geared towards educating people on safety.

 

Sign this petition to stop the alcohol ban on Michigan Rivers!

https://www.change.org/p/stop-ban-of-alcohol-on-michigan-rivers?signed=true

 

AuSable River (Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).
AuSable River (Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).
Pine River (Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).
Pine River (Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).
Big Manistee River(Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).
Big Manistee River(Map courtesy of the National Forest Service).

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