Should those who use kayaks, canoes and other nonmotorized watercraft pay a state fee?

Posted March 17, 2009, at 8:59 a.m.

A bill that would require those using nonmotorized recreational boats to pay a fee has

incited vehement public opposition. The idea, though, is to spread the cost of the state’s

management of parks, public waters and wildlife more equitably to those who enjoy them

(rather than just those buying hunting and fishing licenses). Shouldn’t kayakers help

support the state services that support outdoor recreation? Or is this a back-door tax hike?

Should nonmotorized craft get a pass on paying because they do not pollute?