LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona (AP) ― Federal wildlife officials say they will be reopening the half-mile of backwater in Lake Havasu Wildlife Refuge next month that was abruptly closed to boaters in May 2015.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced wake restrictions have been lifted in the secluded area north of Mesquite Bay as of Feb. 1.
Lake Havasu City Mayor Mark Nexsen told Today’s News-Herald the decision marks a fresh start. He said the agency could now get together with stakeholders to work on a compatibility plan as required by law.
The Fish and Wildlife Service last summer suspended its proposal to limit recreational boating at the refuge following months of protests and legislative efforts to block the plan.
Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation praised the decision to lift the restrictions.