Confirmed victory

Many families in the state of Illinois cannot afford summertime activities, and use the rivers for tubing recreation. As of July 1st, 2013 it is now a $6.00 "Water Use sticker" that is needed in order to use non-motorized watercraft, such as tubes, canoes, and kayaks.

Letter to
Governor Patrick Quinn
Illinois Governor
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois DNR
We the people of Illinois are writing this letter in regards to making changes to the “DNR Sustainability Bill” (P.A 97-1136) also known as the Paddle Pass. As of July 1, 2013 all non-motorized vehicles in the rivers of Illinois must pay a stamp fee in order to use the river. Before this date, it was free family and friend recreational summertime fun for many Illinois citizens. If any Illinois resident thinks of floating down any IL river, such as the Wabash River, Mackinaw River, Kishwaukee River and along many Illinois Rivers on an inner tube or non-powered watercraft this year, it’s going to cost residents $6 annually water usage stamp and will be subject to DNR penalties if not registered. The penalty if seen without proper stamp is $120.
With all respect, we ask for your support and influence in helping us abolish the Paddle Pass Stamp and keep our Illinois Rivers free of fees and penalties.