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Government shutdown means boaters turned away from Laurel Lake

LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - The Daniel Boone National Forest includes trails for hiking, beautiful scenery and boating, but not this week.

As day nine of the partial government shutdown ended the manager at Holly Bay Marina said their business is taking a serious punch as they continue turning boaters away.

Ramps at the marina are federally owned and just like our government closed for business.

"You've got two campgrounds that shutdown so they've had to turn campers away," said Manager Randy Lawson. "Plus, you had all the boat owners down here that couldn't use the boat ramps."

This is a seasonal operation and turning boaters away means no profit during what are normally busy weekends.

"We had people here from Chicago this past weekend," said Lawson. "Their family brought boats to get out on the water and they could not do that."

Folks with boats in the water, prior to the closing, are free to enjoy the lake as usual, but others are out of luck.

Officials with the National Forest Service said anyone who wishes to remove their boat from the landing has until midnight on Sunday to do so without being penalized.

Meteorologists said this is one of the last weekends to get outside and enjoy some warm weather before it begins cooling off.

Around 1,500 boaters could be disappointed said Lawson.


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