Although floatplanes have serviced the region for decades, providing access for numerous visitors, the state never solicited comments from users of this service in the process of making the decision to reclassify the region.
Trips into Lows Lake have been described as vital to the survival of the two remaining floatplane operators in the park.
However, the current land use management plan will eliminate floatplane access on Jan. 1, 2012. With limited access into a comparable fishery, the ban will likely signal the death knell for the only two surviving floatplane services left in the park. It will be the end of an era, as paddlers replace sportsmen as the primary visitors to the region.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.