Members of the public are encouraged to submit applications to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council for seats currently available on its advisory panels. Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of federal fishery management plans. The Council has 15 separate advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of ...
The Chinquapin Boating Access Area offers boaters from Duplin and surrounding counties another chance to get on the water. Measuring more than 100 feet long and 15 feet wide, the single-launch ramp near NC 41 becomes the fourth public access area in Duplin County and the 205th in the state.
“Public access is an issue, particularly in the coastal counties, that is growing more acute every day,” noted
One such place re-opened on June 16. Lake Raleigh, which had been closed to the public since a breached dam drained the lake in 1996, officially opened after a kids’ fishing event and pier dedication ceremony were held earlier in the day to commemorate the re-opening.
The lake, owned by North Carolina State University and located on its Centennial Campus, is the latest addition to the more than 50 public fishing areas the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission maintains across the state. As a new public fishing area, Lake Raleigh has accessible piers, cleared banks, cut-and-cabled trees and a paved parking lot.
The lake’s two wooden, floating piers, boat ramp and dock provide accessibility for anglers of all abilities. A wildlife-viewing pier extends 26 feet from the shore with a 48-foot T-structure at the end, while a fishing pier extends 48 feet from the shore ending with a 32-foot long T-structure and low, angled handrail sections that provide easy access for fishermen confined to wheelchairs.
The boat ramp and dock can be used to launch non-powered watercraft, including canoes, kayaks and car-top john boats. Motorized watercraft, including boats with electric trolling motors, and boats on trailers are not allowed.
In early June, Commission staff cleared the banks of underbrush, trimmed low-hanging branches from shoreline trees and cut and cabled trees along the banks to enhance fishing opportunities near the piers and ramp.
A universally accessible parking area has space for seven vehicles and provides access to all portions of the site. Additional parking is available behind the Partners I building, located on the corner of Main Campus Drive and Research Drive. A parking permit, which can be obtained at the visitors’ booth on Varsity Drive near the Avent Ferry Drive entry to Centennial Campus, is required during normal business hours.