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Rules change at Coralville Lake


Mike Rittenmeyer takes a boat on Coralville lLke several times a year to go fishing.

"It gets you out of the house, away from work," said Rittenmeyer, who lives in Iowa City.

During Sunday's trip to the lake he learned there's some new rules in place, like expanded idle speed zones.

"You've got the no wake up there is enlarged up at Mehaffey Bridge and there was a lot of waves, people trying to get in and out," said Rittenmeyer. "I think it's probably for the best, the things they've done."

Boaters won't be the only ones facing changes. There's also new rules at the West Overlook Beach. Alcohol has always been forbidden on the beach. This year the policy has been expanded to include the nearby parking lots, picnic areas, and volleyball court. The Army Corps of Engineers, who manages the lake, says the changes were made to make the area more family friendly.

The changes are specifically for the West Overlook area of Coralville Lake. The rules regarding alcohol stay the same everywhere else. Fishers in some of the other areas say they think the changes here could benefit everyone."

"It can only be for the better," said Jeremy Curd, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "They have a couple incidents down here during the summertime where people get out of hand but for the most part it's a friendly environment down here."

Rafael Nino fishes at Coralville Lake. He hopes the changes at the West Overlook Beach could make the lake safer.

"Maybe there won't be some crazy boaters out here," said Nino. "I've seen that in the past."

The changes are already in effect. The Army Corps of Engineers hasn't announced what the punishment will be for breaking the new rules.

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