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By Dan Rudy 

State issues letters to unauthorized float house users along the Stikine River


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

A trio of float houses sit serenely on the Stikine River in June. The vessels are among a group of 18 on the river which the Department of Natural Resources has targeted for unauthorized siting.

A number of Petersburg and Wrangell residents have been receiving letters from the state, informing them their float houses anchored along the Stikine River need to be permitted or moved.

Since the late 1970s, the placement of float houses and temporary cabins along the river have made it convenient for locals making use of the river basin, be it for subsistence fishing, hunting, trapping, work or recreational purposes. While a number are there on a seasonal basis, this year some 18 have been identified as being situated year-round, and the Department of Natural Resources last month began...

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