AURORA, N.C. (Dec. 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has re-opened the Aurora Boating Access Area in Beaufort County after completing renovations last week.
The Wildlife Commission renovated the area by replacing the existing narrow ramps with a new two-lane concrete ramp, a floating dock and a courtesy dock. The Commission also replaced the old wooden bulkhead and increased the size of the parking lot. The Commission made the entire access area ADA-compliant by paving the parking lot and adding a concrete sidewalk that connects the parking lot to the ramp, courtesy dock and a universally accessible fishing pier.
The boating access area, which is located at 1 Main Street in Aurora, provides access to South Creek, a tributary of the Pamlico River. Depending on the time of year, anglers launching their boats from the access area can expect to catch inshore saltwater fishes, such as spotted sea trout and striped bass in the fall, and flounder and red drum during other parts of the year.
The Commission partnered with the Town of Aurora to renovate the boating access area. The town, which owns the property, will be responsible for site maintenance, including grass cutting, trash pick-up and general facility maintenance, while the Commission will replace and repair infrastructure, such as the boat ramps, docks, parking lot and fishing pier as needed.
“Providing public access is one of the Commission’s core missions,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “Through our partnership with Aurora, we’re giving the public diverse outdoor opportunities, ranging from freshwater and saltwater fishing to waterfowl hunting.”
The Commission paid for the renovation of the access area through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, as well as motorboat registration funds.