Smithey’s Creek public fishing area, located near Wilkesboro, has a new universally accessible fishing pier and parking area to accommodate anglers of all ages and abilities.
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
WILKESBORO, N.C. (Oct. 11, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a universally accessible pier and a new parking area at Smithey’s Creek Public Fishing Area, located in Wilkes County.
Located next to the Smithey’s Creek boat ramp, the floating pier extends 75 feet into W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and has a T-shaped section at the end that is 48 feet long and 11 feet wide, ensuring anglers will be within easy casting distance of the fish attractors placed around the perimeter of the pier by Commission staff. The pier features benches and alternating low-high handrails with bait shelves to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast their lines.
The new parking area, which is adjacent to the pier, features two universally accessible parking spaces, with additional angler parking available in the main parking area of the Smithey’s Creek boat ramp.
The Commission partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2010 to establish Smithey’s Creek as a Public Fishing Area on the 1,475-acre reservoir. The area is a popular destination for local anglers, providing good fisheries for largemouth bass, spotted bass, sunfish, catfish, crappie and hybrid striped bass.
The Commission has developed public fishing areas across the state through partnerships with local municipalities, state and federal agencies and private landowners. Areas range from well-developed access sites with universally accessible amenities to areas with gravel parking lots and an access trail leading to a river or pond.
The Smithey’s Creek pier and the parking area were constructed by the Corps and the Commission, with the Commission funding its portion of the project through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.
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