Alcohol May Be Banned at Pineview Reservoir

Alcohol May Be Banned at Pineview Reservoir

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Weber County Commission has approved tougher regulations for recreational activities at Pineview Reservoir this summer, and a ban on beer and liquor on the beaches is being considered.

The rules approved this week are intended to bring the county's regulations in line with those recently adopted by the Forest Service, whose rangers team up with sheriff's deputies to patrol the 2,870-acre lake.

"Hopefully, this gets us on the same page," Commission Chairwoman Camille Cain said Tuesday.

The new rules were prompted by skyrocketing use in the area, said Chip Sibbernsen, a ranger with the Wasatch-Cache National Forest's Ogden Ranger District.

"It's one of the most heavily used recreation areas on Forest Service land in the Intermountain Region," he said.

The new ordinance bans fishing, diving or swimming within 50 feet of public docks. It does not apply to handicapped anglers.

Among other things, it also bans dogs from beach areas, prohibits open fires on beaches except in fire rings and establishes "quiet hours" from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The Forest Service is pushing to outlaw alcohol on beaches at Anderson Cove, Cemetery Point and Middle Inlet.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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