Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen
PITTSBORO, N.C. (July 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close the Bells Church Public Fishing Area, located on Jordan Lake in Chatham County, from 7 a.m. on July 30 to 5 p.m. on August 1, to continue repairs to the fishing pier.
Work crews will be driving pilings deeper into the lake bottom on the sides of the pier to stabilize it. The pier, which had been damaged by weather-related incidents over the past year, is the Wildlife Commission’s largest fishing pier, extending 139 feet into the lake and measuring 80 feet across at the end of the pier.
“We think the repairs will be completed by mid-week,” said Kyle Briggs, who is a program manager with the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “After these large pilings are installed and the pier has been secured to them, we hope anglers will be able to enjoy uninterrupted, 24/7 fishing access on this pier for years to come.”
While the Bells Church Public Fishing Area is closed, anglers can visit two other public fishing areas on Jordan Lake — Rock Quarry and Weaverville — both located in Chatham County.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters visit the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.