PENROSE, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened its first boating access area on the French Broad River in Transylvania County today.
The Penrose Boating Access Area is located at 170 Apac Drive in Penrose, just south of Old Hendersonville Highway and east of Crab Creek Road. The Wildlife Commission constructed a single14-foot wide boat ramp, a floating dock, gravel parking lot and paved ADA-compliant parking spaces with 15 trailer spaces, including one that is handicapped accessible. The Commission also constructed at the site six single-vehicle spaces — one of which is handicapped accessible.
While the French Broad River is a well-known for excellent muskellunge fishing, it has good populations of smallmouth bass as well.
“The French Broad River is popular with both boaters and anglers, and we are excited to provide this increased access to this treasured resource,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We expect this site to attract muskie and smallmouth bass anglers from miles around to launch boats and cast lines.”
The Wildlife Commission paid for the construction of the access area through funding from motorboat registration receipts and from 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.