ROXBORO, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed work on the Hyco After Bay Boating Access Area, and it is now open to the public.
The boating access area is located on the Hyco After Bay, which is the reservoir below the Hyco Lake dam in Person County. Duke Energy, which owns the after bay and surrounding land, uses the reservoir to help meet water quality and temperature standards prior to release into the Hyco River.
The area has one launch ramp and a floating, universally accessible pier. It has nine trailered parking spaces and one universally accessible trailer space. Wildlife Commission staff also paved the parking lot and access road leading to the boating access area.
The new site is the first official boating access area constructed by the Commission on the after bay, although boaters have been accessing it for years via an old road bed.
“The Hyco After Bay has been a popular fishing and waterfowl hunting spot for years,” said Mark Hamlett, Design Service Section chief for the Commission. “We were notified by the public that there was a need for a more formal boating access area and so we partnered with Duke Energy, which provided us with the property we needed to build the area. This gives the public a boating access area that is safe, free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Construction of the site was funded with motorboat registration fees and 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.