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Carbondale Expected to Allow Paddle Boarders on Cedar Lake

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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Carbondale City Council is expected to amend an ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting, which would allow paddle boarders to take advantage of Cedar Lake. 

Local fishermen say they're willing to share the Lake with paddle boarders, but they do have some concerns. 

"They are standing up so when people go by on their boats,there's pretty good weight so hopefully if they are out there, they have some good balance," said Carbondale resident Gordon O'Neal. 

He recommends paddle boarders have their own designated areas, "If they posted it like no wake or something and the boaters could go and not run full speed through there and they paddle boarders could do their thing too." 

Murphysboro resident Charles Benson is more concerned about paddle boarders following proper lake etiquette, especially during a fishing tournament. 

"They're not just out there for recreation, they're usually in for a reason, and paddle boarders getting in their way is a good way of causing a confrontation," Benson said. 

However, Cedar Lake Supervisor Eric Stead says the city does not anticipate any issues, "The same rules that apply to canoers and kayakers and their interactions with powerboats, will apply to paddle boarders as well."

Paddle boarders will not need a stamp after the Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act Amendments repealed the water usage stamp for non-powered watercraft in Illinois that will take effect June 1. Paddle boarders will just need to follow personal flotation rules.

Stead says the city wants as many locals and visitors to enjoy the lake as possible, "The more people that we have out here using it, the better. Its a beautiful lake, it's a great spot."

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