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Officials to consider entrance fees, hunting at Otter Creek

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By John Friedlein

jfriedlein@thenewsenterprise.com
State Fish and Wildlife officials on Friday plan to consider hunting options and charging entrance fees at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area.
Formerly called Otter Creek Park, the grounds closed to the public two years ago. Many local residents used the Meade County park for a variety of activities such as mountain biking, fishing and hiking.
Officials will consider charging each visitor $3 a day or $30 a year. Children younger than 12 would get in free. Also proposed is a special activity permit fee of $7 a day or $70 annually. It would be good for mountain biking, using a shooting range and horseback riding.
Also on the table is a plan for hunting season dates, such as two weekend gun seasons for deer and archery hunting for deer, according to the agency.
Some former users have said they’d pay a fee but have raised concerns about hunting.
For safety, trails would be closed and access limited when hunting was allowed, according to the governor’s office.
The city of Louisville closed the park two years ago because of monetary concerns.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Marraccini said the expected opening is in the spring.
An online public survey, which has ended, will be used in planning for the park, Marraccini said.
Friday’s Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting is at 8 a.m. on Sportsman’s Lane in Frankfort.
John Friedlein can be reached at (270) 505-1746.