on Dec 01, 2011 03:16 PM • Views 5212

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed renovations to the Newport Boating Access Area.

Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard

NEWPORT, N.C. (Dec. 1, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Newport Boating Access Area in Carteret County, and it is now open to the public.

An obsolete, 7-foot wide boat ramp at the site was replaced with a 14-foot wide ramp. Renovations also included a new 60-foot long by 8-foot wide floating dock. The site is now ADA compliant with the completion of an accessible parking space and sidewalk.

“With limited access to the Newport River, we are proud to be able to provide this newly renovated access area to the public,” said Brian Watson, a boating technician with the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “The river, and Bogue Sound, which is only a few miles away, is a popular destination for recreational boaters, anglers and hunters.”

The renovations were funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program and motorboat registration receipts.

For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org and click on “boating.”

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