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May 30, 2008

Jocassee Gorges angler access area now features barrier-free fishing

The new and improved Dug Mountain Angler Access Area, a popular fishing spot within Jocassee Gorges in northern Pickens County, was the site of a celebration May 22.

Duke Energy, Trout Unlimited and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cooperated on the special project to improve access and site conditions. A barrier-free fishing structure was created over the edge of the river that affords physically challenged anglers the opportunity to fish for trout near the landmark known as the "High Bridge," which spans the Eastatoee River. A ribbon cutting was held May 22 at Dug Mountain to celebrate improvements to the site.

Public parking and access to the river and foot trail were also improved at the popular site, which is used heavily by Upstate trout anglers. Rainbow, brown and brook trout are stocked at the site each year by DNR, and it is a favorite fishing destination for families in the Upstate.

"The partnership among the groups involved has been tremendous," said Steve Hammond, Duke Energy hydro manager for the Keowee-Toxaway and Nantahala area. "We share the same goal to make Dug Mountain more accessible to all folks while protecting its scenic beauty. We are certainly open to others who would like to become involved with this project."

Dug Mountain Angler Access Area is about 1 mile down Roy F. Jones Highway off SC Highway 11.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.


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