Approximately 15 years ago, the Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association (KDFGA) and the Kamloops Fly Fishers Association (KFF) raised a concern with B.C Parks about inadequate access to the waters of Paul Lake for recreational purposes, including for anglers who wished to launch their fishing boats from boat trailers into the lake. This inadequate access was created as a result of B.C. Parks installing bollards at the boat launch in Paul Lake Provincial Park to prevent boats on boat trailers from being launched into the lake. This action created considerable difficulty for many people wishing to use the waters of Paul Lake such as seniors, disabled individuals, individuals with limited physical capabilities, and anglers. As a result of these actions by B.C. Parks, KDFGA, working in cooperation with the Kamloops Fly Fishers (KFF) Club initiated a discrimination complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Commission in 2019.
A mediation hearing with Human Rights Commission and B.C. Parks staff and members of KDFGA and KFF was undertaken in September 2020. As a result of this hearing, B.C. Parks agreed to re-open the Paul Lake Provincial Park Management Plan for review. B.C. Parks has contracted a Kamloops, B.C. consulting firm (Urban Systems) to initiate a process to solicit public input into this review. Part of this public input process involves an opportunity for the public to complete an online survey. This survey covers many aspects of the management plan, including what type of boat launch facility should be provided for boats to access Paul Lake.
In order to ensure that your voice is heard, you are encouraged to complete the survey and submit it by the deadline of August 15, 2021. Click here to access the online survey.
By Thomas Koester, KDFGA President