on Feb 28, 2013 01:41 PM • Views 4402
Media Contact: Carolyn Rickard
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carolyn.rickard@ncwildlife.org

WILMINGTON,N.C. (Feb. 28) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to the Sutton Lake Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.

The refurbished site, off U.S. 421 in New Hanover County, boasts two new concrete ramps with a floating dock between them. It also has an 80-foot by 12-foot floating fishing pier with a handicapped-accessible walkway. An improved, ADA-compliant parking area accommodates 33 trailered vehicles and 19 single vehicles. The site also has new solar lighting.

Sutton Lake is popular with anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, sunfish, black crappie, flathead catfish and channel catfish.

The Wildlife Commission also installed a new floating boat dock with handicapped-accessible handrails to help people get on and off boats.

“There is so much at this site for our citizens to enjoy,” said Erik Christofferson,chief of the Division of Engineering Services and Land Management. “It offers something for everyone — boaters, anglers and wildlife watchers. We are so grateful for our partnership with Duke Energy that allows the public to access Sutton Lake.”

The renovations were funded using Sportfish Restoration Grant Funds and license sales funds. A $500 grant from the N.C. Public Access Foundation also helped pay for the renovations.

Duke Energy owns the access area and the Commission maintains it through a joint partnership.

“We value the cooperative partnership that exists between Duke Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to provide quality recreation facilities for the boating public,” said John Crutchfield, the company’s director of public safety and recreation strategy planning services.  “These renovations will provide the public with better fishing access to Sutton Lake.”

Visit the Commission’s boating web page for more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of more than 200 public access areas across the state.