for your sake any rangers you might encounter do as well. I just know that:
1) Common sense is not all that common with regard to some LEOs, and
2) If there is a push to generate revenue complying with the intent but not the letter of the law might result in a fine.
I've read and participated in some spirited conversations about this, and I can tell you that the Arkansas law was reworded for paddlers like you who clearly make every effort to keep their trash out of the water and don't need a mesh bag to do so. Unfortunately, assuming the info on the NPS website is current, no such approach has been taken on the federal level, at least not concerning the Buffalo. Maybe a phone call would be in order to ascertain whether they've dialed back the silliness.
Sport Cases (Electronics)
Kayak Motor Kit
Canoe/Kayak Storage Racks
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