CULLOWHEE, N.C. (April 11, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has opened two new boating access areas on Glenville Lake, also known as Thorpe Lake, in Jackson County.
The Powerhouse Boating Access Area and the Pine Creek Boating Access Area both provide access to Glenville Lake, which is popular for its bass fishing.
The Powerhouse Boating Access area, which is located 1371 Pine Creek Road, has a 15-foot boat ramp, a 100-foot floating boat dock and two handicapped-accessible parking spaces shared with the adjacent public fishing area. An additional eight graveled parking spaces are available for the general public.
The Pine Creek Boating Access Area is located at 2799 Pine Creek Road, about 1 mile west of the Powerhouse BAA. It features two 15-foot boat ramps on either end of the access area. The southern end of Pine Creek BAA features a new 80-foot floating boat dock next to a new boat ramp. The northern end of the boating access area features a new 100-foot boat dock aligned with an existing boat ramp. Handicapped-accessible parking is available next to both boat ramps, and the area between the two ramps has been graveled to provide an open parking area for the general public.
Duke Power will install vault toilets at both boating access areas this summer.
“Most Glenville anglers fish for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass,” said Powell Wheeler, the Wildlife Commission’s area fisheries biologist. “Historically, there were walleye in the lake, but this population has dwindled in recent years. We are experimentally stocking fingerling walleye in Glenville to restore the walleye fishery, but it will likely be several years before we know if this effort is successful.”
The Wildlife Commission paid for the construction of the access area through funding from motorboat registration receipts and from Sport Fish Restoration Program funds.
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including the locations of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas, visit the Commission’s online locater map. For more information on fishing in North Carolina, including where to fish, visit the fishing page on www.ncwildlife.org.