VERMONT - Fishing access areas are unsafe for swimming, said the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Wildlife officials say fishing access areas are primarily for putting boats in and out of the water, and activities such as swimming and water skiing are forbidden by Fish & Wildlife regulations.
"It's great that people want to get out in the water, but a boat ramp is not the right place to go swimming. There's a reason motorboats aren't allowed in swimming areas, and swimming isn't allowed at fishing access areas—it's simply not safe," said Mike Wichrowski, who oversees the Fishing Access Area Program.
According to a media release from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, the department takes care of more than 180 fishing access areas using money from the sale of fishing licenses and motorboat registrations and funds from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment, fishing tackle and motorboat gasoline. Those funding sources prohibit activities that aren't associated with fishing and boating, officials said.
There is a $162 fine for swimming at a fishing access area, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
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