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Canal Bridge Boat Access Reopens at Lake James State Park

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Canal Bridge Boat Access Reopens at Lake James State Park

RALEIGH -- Lake James State Park has reopened the Canal Bridge boat access since recent rainfall and a reduction in flow releases has raised the lake level, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

'It is important for park visitors and boaters to realize the boat ramps could close again on short notice depending on the water levels on Lake James,' Park Superintendent Sean McElhone said. 'And, boaters should still use caution since underwater hazards are still prevalent.'

There had been no boat access on the 6,510-acre lake in Burke and McDowell counties since the ramps were closed in November 2007. The lake reached an historic low level of 14.2 feet below normal.

'Although the boat ramp is reopening, there is no change in the drought status of the area,' McElhone said. 'People should continue their efforts to conserve water.'

For questions or concerns, please call Lake James State Park at (828) 652-5047.