Duke Energy About To Build 89 New Water Recreational Projects On The Catawba River

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Duke Energy’s massive new $4 million water recreation improvement plan was recently approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Commission required it before they would sign Duke’s 40-year federal hydropower license renewal.

The new improvement plan lists a total of 89 projects along the 225 miles of Duke-controlled Catawba River, including; new picnic facilities, fishing piers, swim beaches, campgrounds, expanded parking, boating access areas, and more (click here to see a detailed list of the improvements).

Some of the biggest local projects will be two new lake access points, one being the Beatties Ford access area on Lake Norman and the other, the Allison Creek access area on Lake Wylie.

The following improvements for our 3 Charlotte area lakes are included in the approved plan;

LAKE NORMAN
Recreation Site Name Project Recreation Facilities Non-Project Recreation Facilities
Ramsey Creek Access Area Existing: 4 1-lane boat ramps; courtesy dock with boat slips; 173 vehicle w/ trailer and 10 ADA parking spaces Existing: Restrooms; multipurpose field and courts; picnic shelters and tables; trails; fishing pier; courtesy dock; swim beach; maintenance facility; boathouse for police patrol; dog park; playground; vehicle parking
Proposed: Additional parking; expansion of existing fishing pier and maintenance facilities
McGuire Fishing
Area
Existing: Fishing pier (ADA); 52 vehicle and 3
ADA parking spaces
Hagers Creek Access Area Existing: 4 1-lane boat ramps; 2 courtesy docks (ADA); 120 vehicle w/ trailer and 5 ADA parking spaces
Proposed: (Within 5 years) Additional paved
parking; trails; bank fishing; picnic facilities; restroom; if site conditions allow, a fishing pier
Proposed: RV camping, camping cabins, bathhouse, dump station, marine pump-out; marina slips; marina, dry storage building, boatyard, service area, dock master’s residence; additional parking
Island Point Access Area Proposed:  (Within 15 years) Trails; bank and/or pier fishing; picnic facilities; a swimming area; boat access facilities (2 ramps, courtesy dock, parking); restrooms Proposed: RV campground with bathhouse, dump station, marine pump- out; courtesy dock, courtesy slips; amphitheater; environmental area and interpretative center; group camping with restrooms; canoe/kayak launch; additional parking; park office; park
residence; picnic facilities; restrooms

 

MOUNTAIN ISLAND LAKE
Recreation Site Name Project Recreation Facilities Non-Project Recreation Facilities
Highway 73
Access Area
Proposed:  (Within 5 years) Approx. 2-acre site
with canoe/kayak access; ≈10 gravel parking spaces
Lucia Access
Area
Proposed:  (Within 5 years) Canoe/kayak access;
≈10 gravel parking spaces; wildlife viewing facility
Neck Road Access Area Existing: 2 1-lane boat ramps; courtesy dock
(ADA); 61 vehicle/trailer and 4 ADA parking spaces
Riverbend Access Area Existing: 4 1-lane boat ramps; 2 courtesy docks; vehicle with trailer parking (including ADA), gravel vehicle only parking
Proposed: (Within 10 years) Restrooms; bank fishing; a swimming area; fishing pier; additional paved parking
Proposed: Bathhouse; campground; trail; additional paved parking
Mountain Island Dam Canoe Portage Proposed:  (Within 10 years) Canoe/kayak access and a portage trail; signage
Mountain Island Tailrace Fishing Area and
Mountain Island River Park
Existing: 2 tailrace fishing platforms; vehicle only parking  (20 vehicle parking spaces, 2 ADA parking spaces at fishing and 25 vehicle parking spaces, 4 ADA parking spaces at park)

 

LAKE WYLIE
Recreation Site Name Project Recreation Facilities Non-Project Recreation Facilities
Dutchmans
Creek Access Area
Proposed:  (Within 5 years) Canoe/kayak access and ≈10 gravel parking spaces Existing: Playground; trail
South Point Access Area Existing: 6 1-lane boat ramps; 4 courtesy docks; 165 vehicle/trailer and 7 ADA parking spaces
Proposed: (Within 5 years) Trails; 2 fishing piers; bank fishing area; picnic facilities; a swimming
area; restrooms; additional paved parking
Proposed: RV camping; bathhouse; dump station; trail; marine pump-out
Allen Fishing
Area
Existing: 2 fishing piers (ADA); bank fishing trail;
29 vehicle and 2 ADA parking spaces; restroom
Copperhead Access Area Existing: Four 1-lane boat ramps (2 ADA); 2 courtesy docks; 47 vehicle, 72 vehicle w/ trailer and 3 ADA parking spaces Existing: Fishing piers; trails; picnic shelter; beach volleyball court; restrooms; primitive camping; wildlife
viewing platform; gate house; event docks; vehicle parking
Buster Boyd Access Area Existing: 4 1-lane boat ramps; 2 courtesy docks (ADA); 51 vehicle and 119 vehicle w/ trailer and 6 ADA parking spaces
Proposed: (Within 5 years) Restrooms
Allison Creek Access Area Existing: 3 1-lane boat ramps; 2 courtesy docks (ADA); 15 vehicle and 90 vehicle w/ trailer and 1 ADA parking spaces; fishing pier (ADA)
Proposed: (Within 5 years) Approx. 48-acre expansion with restrooms; picnic facilities; paved parking; an ≈1-mile-long trail
Proposed: RV campground with bathhouse; trail; dump station; marine pump-out; restrooms; gate house; ranger station; maintenance building; volleyball court; playground; swim beach; primitive camping and/or cabins;
canoe/kayak launch; picnic facilities; parking
Ebenezer Access Area Existing: 3 1-lane boat ramps; 2 courtesy docks (ADA); 70 vehicle and 160 vehicle w/ trailer and 6 ADA parking spaces Existing: Picnic shelters and tables; park office; playground; restrooms; swimming beach; basketball court; volleyball court; bath house; RV and tent camping; park ranger station and office; vehicle parking
Proposed: Kayak launch; water/splash area; fire pit; day use and emergency boat slips; event stage; pier with swings; primitive campsites; relocation of
parking lot; trails; swimming beach improvements
Nivens Creek Access Area Existing: 2 1-lane boat ramps; courtesy dock; vehicle and 32 vehicle/trailer and 2 ADA parking
spaces
Rock Hill Park Proposed: (Within 5 years) Approx. 17-acre site with bank fishing trail with fishing stations; picnic
facilities; swimming area; restroom; parking
Proposed: Canoe/kayak launch
Fort Mill Access Area Existing: 1 1-lane boat ramp; 20 vehicle and vehicle w/ trailer parking spaces; 2 fishing platforms (1 ADA)
Proposed: (Within 10 years) Restroom; picnic facilities; wildlife viewing facility (combined with
fishing platform)
Proposed: Dog park; playground; canoe/kayak launch; assembly shelter with overlook; picnic shelter; parking; horseshoes; basketball; restrooms; amphitheater; maintenance area/building

Duke Energy has not yet released construction or completion dates.

What are your thoughts on the new projects?

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