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Voyageurs National Park Revitalization Act of 1995 (Introduced in the House)

1st Session

H. R. 1310

To provide for the management of Voyageurs National Park, and for other purposes.


MARCH 23, 1995

Mr. OBERSTAR introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


To provide for the management of Voyageurs National Park, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the "Voyageurs National Park Revitalization Act of 1995".


(a) MANAGEMENT PLAN- Section 303 of the Act entitled "An Act to authorize the establishment of the Voyageurs National Park in the State of Minnesota, and for other purposes" (16 U.S.C. 160h) is amended--

(1) by inserting "(a)" after "303."; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

"(b) The Secretary shall permit access and use of motorboats, aircraft, hiking, and skiing, on all major lakes and bays within the park and at least the following interior lakes: Beast, Cruiser, Oslo, Locator, War Club, Quill, Loiten, Shoepack, Little Trout, and Mukooda.

"(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including but not limited to the Endangered Species Act (87 Stat. 884)), the Secretary shall permit access to and use of snowmobiles on the lakes listed in subsection (b).

"(d) The Secretary shall undertake a study on the cost of constructing and maintaining additional cross-country ski routes, snowmobile trails, hiking trails, camp sites, and overnight ski huts to allow access to and use of the lakes listed in subsection (b). The Secretary shall complete such study and report to Congress on the results thereof within six months after the date of enactment of this subsection.

"(e) The Secretary shall authorize at least 200 houseboats to operate within the boundaries of the park.

"(f) Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Congress a management plan for the park. In addition to the matters required to be included in such plan under section 401(b) of this Act and paragraphs (1) through (3) of section 12(b) of the Act of August 18, 1970 (16 U.S.C. 1a-7), the Secretary shall provide for recreational opportunities pursuant to subsections (a) through (e)".

(b) RECREATIONAL FISHING- Section 302 of such Act (16 U.S.C. 160g) is amended by inserting "(including the lakes referred to in section 303(b))" after "within the boundaries of the park".

(c) STUDY OF ORIGINAL EXPECTATIONS OF USAGE AND CURRENT USE OF VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK- Not later than nine months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a study and submit a report to the Congress in which the Secretary compares the recreational developments and beneficial economic impacts which were expected following the establishment of Voyageurs National Park to the recreational usage and economic benefits that have occurred as of the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES- Section 401 of such Act (16 U.S.C. 160k) is amended by adding at the end the following: "There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out additional development activities pursuant to subsections (b) through (e) of section 303".

(e) REPEAL OF EXECUTED REPORT REQUIREMENT RELATING TO WILDERNESS- Subsection (b) of section 301 of such Act (16 U.S.C. 160f) is repealed.


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