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Corps won’t fence off fishing spot, Higgins says

A popular fishing spot on Buffalo’s West Side will stay open, Rep. Brian Higgins said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reversed a decision to fence off the northern part of Squaw Island Park, according to Higgins.

Higgins met with the corps’ Buffalo commander, Lt. Col. Owen Beaudoin, in his Washington, D.C., office Wednesday, and they discussed the fishing spot, between the Niagara River and the Black Rock Channel. In late March, the corps had said the pier was never intended for recreational use and that it would construct a fence, prohibiting public access to the Lower Black Rock Lock Lower West Side Pier, adjacent to the lock in the Black Rock Channel.