on May 14, 2014 07:41 AM • Views 2524
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

TROY, N.C. (May 14, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is beginning construction on a new fishing access area on the Uwharrie River at the N.C. Hwy. 109 bridge north of Troy in Montgomery Co. During construction, existing access at this site will be closed for public safety.

The site, an unused N.C. Department of Transportation right-of-way left over from a bridge realignment project, had been used informally by the public to access the river.

The Commission has scheduled construction to be completed by July 1 and will notify the public after it has reopened.

The new fishing access area will have dedicated parking spaces, a stairway to the river and a canoe slide for launching and retrieving canoes. Construction will be funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes state fishing license money and funds generated from taxes on fishing tackle and other fishing-related expenditures. This new site will be the second fishing access area that the Commission has constructed on the Uwharrie River for small boats. In 2012, the Commission partnered with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina to open Low Water Bridge Fishing Access Area, which is located approximately 7 miles upstream of the new Hwy. 109 fishing access area.

For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit the fishing page. For a list of all boating access areas open to the public in North Carolina, visit the boating page.