Duke Energy, NCWRC adds to Tuckasegee River access

Bear Creek Lake also gets big improvement at public ramp

Robert Satterwhite

February 28, 2013 at 7:00 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Locust Creek Access Area is just upstream from the delayed-harvest section of the Tuckasegee River.
Bob Satterwhite
Locust Creek Access Area is just upstream from the delayed-harvest section of the Tuckasegee River.
The Tuckasegee River in Jackson County is one of the most popular rivers in western North Carolina for fishing and boating, but access often can be a problem, especially during prime fishing and boating seasons.

Boaters and fishermen often have had to use limited-space pull-off areas to get on the river. One popular access point on the delayed-harvest section of the river is a giant mudhole, especially after a heavy rain.

Getting on the river will be much easier with the opening of new access areas and improvements of existing sites. When work is completed over the next few years, nine official access points will be available, spanning the river from below Glenville Lake to Whittier. The access areas are a joint collaboration of Duke Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

All of the new areas have graveled parking lots and launch areas for boaters. A few will have toilets and information kiosks.

The new Locust Creek Access Area on old Cullowhee Road off NC 107 will provide access to the delayed-harvest section of the river, making it much easier for fishers, especially drift-boat users, to access one of the most popular sections of the river. 

 

Other new and/or improved access sites include the Shook Cove Road access on the upper East Fork; the Tuckasegee River powerhouse on the upper West Fork, East Laporte County Park, Cullowhee Dam at Western Carolina University, C.J. Harris Access Area in Dillsboro, Barkers Creek Access Area off US 441/74 and the Whittier Access Area on the lower section of the Tuckasegee.

 

More good news for fishers is the reopening of the Bear Creek Lake Access Area in Jackson County. Bear Creek Lake is the largest of several small lakes on the upper Tuckasegee River. The renovations were recently completed by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

 

Renovations and additions include two 14-foot wide, 90-foot long ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch even when lake levels are low. A normal full level in the summer for Bear Creek Lake is 100 feet, but in winter it can drop to 91 feet. The access also has a new floating dock with handicapped-accessible rails. Duke Energy, which co-owns the area, plans to pave the parking area, install toilets, and add a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.

 

Bear Creek Lake is noted for its excellent smallmouth bass and trout populations. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regularly stocks the lake with approximately 6,000 rainbow trout annually.


View other articles written Robert Satterwhite


Reports / Forum
Take a tree stand, please  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 1:21 pm | 889 Views | 1 Comments
Heaviest bird yet  This report contains photos  
April 19 at 9:31 am | 817 Views | 0 Comments
Autumn Evans first Turkey its a family Tradition  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 8:03 pm | 741 Views | 3 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:15 pm | 733 Views | 0 Comments
Double with Golden  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:45 pm | 629 Views | 1 Comments
weyerhaeuser hunting land 
April 19 at 2:12 pm | 577 Views | 0 Comments
GT and Viper 
April 21 at 7:46 pm | 557 Views | 5 Comments
First turkey and with a bow!  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 3:29 pm | 483 Views | 1 Comments
Golden Wings  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:42 pm | 385 Views | 0 Comments
Boats Unlimited NC Team Trail Q4 results..Falls Lake..Apr. 12th  This report contains photos  
April 18 at 6:15 am | 383 Views | 0 Comments
Paisley's first turkey 
April 18 at 10:59 am | 345 Views | 0 Comments
Cold, Rainy and Windy Tough on Fishing 
April 20 at 2:23 pm | 337 Views | 0 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:18 am | 285 Views | 0 Comments
Tagged Out!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 259 Views | 1 Comments
taking the boat and 2 year old out(high rock lake) 
April 19 at 1:55 pm | 255 Views | 0 Comments
First Gobbler!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 207 Views | 1 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
GT and Viper 
April 21 at 7:46 pm | 557 Views | 5 Comments
Autumn Evans first Turkey its a family Tradition  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 8:03 pm | 741 Views | 3 Comments
Tagged Out!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 259 Views | 1 Comments
First Gobbler!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 207 Views | 1 Comments
First turkey and with a bow!  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 3:29 pm | 483 Views | 1 Comments
Take a tree stand, please  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 1:21 pm | 889 Views | 1 Comments
Double with Golden  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:45 pm | 629 Views | 1 Comments
Golden Wings  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:42 pm | 385 Views | 0 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:18 am | 285 Views | 0 Comments
Cold, Rainy and Windy Tough on Fishing 
April 20 at 2:23 pm | 337 Views | 0 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:15 pm | 733 Views | 0 Comments
weyerhaeuser hunting land 
April 19 at 2:12 pm | 577 Views | 0 Comments
taking the boat and 2 year old out(high rock lake) 
April 19 at 1:55 pm | 255 Views | 0 Comments
Heaviest bird yet  This report contains photos  
April 19 at 9:31 am | 817 Views | 0 Comments
Paisley's first turkey 
April 18 at 10:59 am | 345 Views | 0 Comments
Boats Unlimited NC Team Trail Q4 results..Falls Lake..Apr. 12th  This report contains photos  
April 18 at 6:15 am | 383 Views | 0 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum
Tagged Out!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 259 Views | 1 Comments
First Gobbler!  This report contains photos  
23 hours ago | 207 Views | 1 Comments
GT and Viper 
April 21 at 7:46 pm | 557 Views | 5 Comments
Double with Golden  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:45 pm | 629 Views | 1 Comments
Golden Wings  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 7:42 pm | 385 Views | 0 Comments
First turkey and with a bow!  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 3:29 pm | 483 Views | 1 Comments
Fishing Happy Day Today  This report contains photos  
April 21 at 9:18 am | 285 Views | 0 Comments
Cold, Rainy and Windy Tough on Fishing 
April 20 at 2:23 pm | 337 Views | 0 Comments
Take a tree stand, please  This report contains photos  
April 20 at 1:21 pm | 889 Views | 1 Comments
Catawba Catfish Club Lake Wateree,SC 5-3-14 Tournament 
April 19 at 5:15 pm | 733 Views | 0 Comments
weyerhaeuser hunting land 
April 19 at 2:12 pm | 577 Views | 0 Comments
taking the boat and 2 year old out(high rock lake) 
April 19 at 1:55 pm | 255 Views | 0 Comments
Heaviest bird yet  This report contains photos  
April 19 at 9:31 am | 817 Views | 0 Comments
Paisley's first turkey 
April 18 at 10:59 am | 345 Views | 0 Comments
Boats Unlimited NC Team Trail Q4 results..Falls Lake..Apr. 12th  This report contains photos  
April 18 at 6:15 am | 383 Views | 0 Comments
Autumn Evans first Turkey its a family Tradition  This report contains photos  
April 17 at 8:03 pm | 741 Views | 3 Comments
Post | Reports | Forum

Free Classifieds

Baby Desert Eagle 40 S&W for $250
Baby Desert Eagle 40 S&W for $250
Excellent Desert Eagle 40 caliber Hand Gun For Sale,6 ' barrel,semi rnrnautomatic,& made by Magnum Research,right here in the USA,& comes with 1-7 rnrnround magazine, super heavy duty fitted carry case with soft rummer rnrninside,take down...
April 20 at 3:13 am | 44 Views
NEW REMINGTON 870 TACTICAL/ULTIMATE COMBAT SHOTGUN
NEW REMINGTON 870 TACTICAL/ULTIMATE COMBAT SHOTGUN
This new 870 was built for one purpose to save your life or your family's. It has form function and reliability. Has a Mesa Tactical recoil reducing 6 position stock. There is no felt recoil even with 3 inch buck plus the stock is comfortable in...
Yesterday at 12:46 pm | 26 Views
Still Hunting Deer Club
Still Hunting Deer Club
Membership available in still hunting deer club for the 2014-15 season. Club has almost 4,000 acres of leased land and owns 55 acres with a two story club house. Club is located in Warren county about 5 miles from Littleton. Club dues are $725.00....
April 21 at 7:43 am | 124 Views
G3 Gator Tough 1860 CC Tunnel
G3 Gator Tough 1860 CC Tunnel
70hp Yamaha 4 stroke with 6' jack plate, only 25 hours. 2012 custom fit float on/off trailer w/removable tongue, Mossy oak W/ Bimini top. Fish finder, GPS, 55lb Min Kota trolling motor, live well, cooler bench seat with leaning post, two lockable...
April 19 at 11:35 am | 169 Views
2009 Yamaha RHINO 700 SPORT Package Very Rare
2009 Yamaha RHINO 700 SPORT Package Very Rare
LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION (INCLUDING SPORT PACKAGE OPTION HAS BETTERrnSHOCKS WITH PIGY BAGS THAN STOCK RHINO PLUS HAS UPGRADED STEERINGrnWHEEL AND SHIFTER ALL OEM CAME FROM YAMAHA ) YAMAHA, S ULTRAMATICrnV-BELT TRANSMISSION ,VERY WELL PROVEN IN LONG...
15 minutes ago | 2 Views
MDBR Hunting Club has 4 openings!
MDBR Hunting Club has 4 openings!
MDBR Hunting Club is a small 10 member club with a 350 acre lease near Gulf, NC (Chatham County). No Dog Hunting in Chatham county! Very peaceful area! Membership dues pay for lease & insurance. Anyone interested should visit our website at...
April 22 at 1:41 pm | 42 Views
Baby Desert Eagle 40 S&W for $250
Baby Desert Eagle 40 S&W for $250
Excellent Desert Eagle 40 caliber Hand Gun For Sale,6 ' barrel,semi rnrnautomatic,& made by Magnum Research,right here in the USA,& comes with 1-7 rnrnround magazine, super heavy duty fitted carry case with soft rummer rnrninside,take down...
April 20 at 3:18 am | 70 Views