County Line renovation finished just in time for July Fourth weekend

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 06:00 PM

MANSON — A newly improved County Line boating access area on Kerr Lake has reopened in time for the Independence Day weekend.

Located at 188 County Line Road, the area is listed by North Carolina Parks and Recreation as a good spot for anglers hoping to catch largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, sunfish, white perch and catfish.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reopened the area after completing renovations last week.

Two old boat ramps were replaced with new ones. The tops of the ramps were raised approximately 5 feet to make the site usable when the water level rises.

The facility is a draw, said Kerr Lake State Recreation Area Superintendent Bryce Fleming.

“It’s adjacent to a campground,” he said. “A lot of the campers use it. It’s real popular.”

Wildlife Commission staff also replaced the old floating dock with a new one and installed a new 170-foot universally accessible floating fishing pier with an 11-foot by 48-foot fishing platform at the end.

In addition, the staff improved and expanded the existing gravel parking area to a paved parking area with 45 trailer spaces, including two Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant spaces. The expanded parking area also includes 12 single-vehicle parking spaces, including one that is ADA-compliant.

Other amenities in the park include tent and trailer camping, picnic areas, hot water showers, flushing toilets, a sanitary dump station and campsite hook-ups.

“With this renovation and added features to the site, we are proud to be able to provide more accessible boating and fishing opportunities to the public on Kerr Lake,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management, in a statement.

The Wildlife Commission paid for the renovation with funds raised through motorboat registrations and the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

 

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