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Belle River Marina’s Boat Launch Reopening

Wednesday May 13th, 2020, 10:05am

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The Town of Lakeshore will be reopening the boat launch at the Belle River Marina.

Town officials say the boat launch will be open starting today, Wednesday May 13th at noon, but boat slips and docks will remain closed.

They say the boat launch will operate under normal “off-season procedures” until the marina can fully open and that there will be no charge for launching boats.

“Lakeshore’s fishermen and women have been eagerly waiting for the boat launch to open,” says Mayor Tom Bain. “I am very happy the boat launch is open today and I am confident the guidelines will be respected so everyone can enjoy one of our most popular pastimes – fishing.”

Town officials say COVID-19 precautions and emergency orders remain in place and signage at the boat launch will remind residents that groups of 5 or more people is not allowed, and to practice physical distancing of two metres or six feet apart from others at all times while loading/unloading boats, and while on the waterways.

Under the provincial orders, marinas are not allowed to open, but town officials say marina staff are preparing for reopening in the near future when the province allows marinas and outdoor recreation amenities to open.

Town officials say while parks and specific amenities like boat launches are open, other amenities remain closed including playground equipment, benches, washrooms, and picnic tables. The Town recommends patrons bring sanitizer to clean hands as facilities are not open.

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