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New boating-access area completed

Published 11:24pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wildlife Resources Commission
News Release

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Blount’s Creek boating access area and public fishing area, and it is now open to the public.
The site, which provides access to the Pamlico River via Blount’s Creek, has two launch ramps, a floating dock and a fishing pier. It has 28 trailered vehicle parking spaces and 12 single-vehicle parking spaces.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with Beaufort County, who purchased the site, which allowed us to develop boating and fishing access to the popular Pamlico,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “This site will draw anglers and recreational boaters from every part of the state.”
Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and sport-fish restoration funds. Beaufort County purchased the site using money from grants made possible by the Coastal Area Management Act, as well as from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.
“The Beaufort County Commissioners consider this project a huge success thanks to our funding agencies as well as the N.C. Wildlife Commission,” said Beaufort County Manager Randell Woodruff.  “The location of this project provides public water access to an area of Beaufort County that has been devoid of such access in the past. The county applauds the efforts of the Wildlife Commission for making this access not just a boat ramp, but a resource for all individuals  — even those who don’t own watercraft — to enjoy.”
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including the locations of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas and fishing in the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

  • Donald

    How much did tax payers sink (no pun intended) into this boat ramp? Isn’t this the new boat ramps at the end of Cotton Patch? You know – the one built 1000 yards away from a marina with paid boat ramps?

    Yeah, that one! I bet the owner of this Beaufort County business (the Marina) sure is happy to see his tax money going to something that’s taking AWAY from his livelihood; he was charging $5 to castoff and park, now the County has helped to take that away from him.

    This is the same business owner that attempted to do the right thing, and went before the County Commissioners for a ruling on golf carts, hoping for an ordinance to allow carts to travel from the campgrounds to the store/marina. I believe after 6 months of being pushed around and put off the County, the owner/et al were finally told that the State already had an ordinance on record so it was out of the county’s hands.

    Be careful what you applaud and are told is the greatest thing since sliced bread, somebody IS paying the price, next time it might be you.

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