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Boat owners concerned about state park closures

Officials have shut down vehicle access at California state parks, leaving people worried about their boats.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 7:56 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 8:01 PM

OROVILLE, Calif.- Officials have shut down vehicle access at all California state parks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with boat owners who say this is causing them to not be able to access their property.

Parking is closed in the area but people can still walk through to access the parks, but owners have no way to reach their boats because shuttle services have been temporarily suspended. 

The state parks have closed to allow for social distancing as coronavirus concerns continue to rise all over the country.

Action News Now spoke with Danny Peters, who has a boat at Bidwell Canyon Marina, he says he's worried he won't be able to keep up with the maintenance work. 

"It could be 3 or 4 months or all the way to the summer, we have to have access to our boats. These boats here range anywhere from $60,000 to half a million dollars, and people want to make sure their investments don't end up at the bottom of the lake."

California State Park Reps say they understand the frustration and are working to come up with a solution as quickly as possible.

They say they still have a few employees doing maintenance and security work at the marina, 7 days a week. 

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