ATV Riding Club Issued Citations At Fishtrap Lake

By: Michael Phillips Email
By: Michael Phillips Email

It's a controversy over where to allow ATV riders and both sides say it comes down to safety.

Wednesday night, the Fishtrap Lake ATV Riders met about how to deal with the citations 18 members received this weekend. One Pike County lawmaker says there is much more involved.

ATV's are at the center of a new push for adventure tourism in Kentucky, an industry the governor says could bring millions of dollars to the state. But in Pike County, a state representative who's also an avid ATV rider and supporter of the new initiative says a weekend incident could endanger all of that.

"The timing was pitiful, it couldn't have been worse," said Representative Keith Hall.

A trail at Fishtrap Lake in Pike County is where it all started after 18 members of the Fishtrap ATV Club left the park with citations for illegally riding their ATV's on park property. Representative Hall says they should've been warned first and now it could give a bad name to a possibly big money maker.

"It's time to move forward with a plan for Fishtrap that allows four wheeler riding," Hall said.

Fishtrap Lake's resource manager, Rodney Holbrook, says it's not just a matter of law, but also safety.

"The numbers tell me there is a problem with ATV use in Kentucky," Holbrook said.

He also says the ATV trails would cause problems for another big part of Kentucky tourism, wildlife. Representative Hall says making state regulated trails would actually improve safety because then there could be safety requirements and a safe way for riders to enjoy Kentucky's natural beauty.

Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers say since Fishtrap is a federal site, they are looking into possible federal charges as well.

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