Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec.15, 2010) – As part of Duke Energy’s work on dams on Lake James, the Boating Access Areas at Linville and Black Bear will be closed while the lake is lowered.
Two ramps at Linville are currently closed. The six ramps at Black Bear will begin closing over the next two weeks. Every effort will be made to leave one ramp open at Black Bear while the water is low.
The ramps are scheduled to reopen in spring 2011, when Duke Energy completes its work and the lake refills.
The Bridgewater Public Fishing Area, located downstream from the dam at the Catawba River tailrace, is not currently impacted. For up-to-date information on lake levels, visit www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp or call 800-829-LAKE (5253).
More information on boating and fishing in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas and a list of more than 500 public fishing access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating_waterways.