Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 4, 2011) – As part of Duke Energy’s work on Lake James dams, all six ramps at Black Bear Boating Access Area are closed while the lake is lowered.
The Wildlife Resources Commission is working with Duke Energy to open at least one Black Bear ramp by mid-January. Two ramps at Linville are currently closed. These 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).
For 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.