The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) will begin making improvements to the public boat ramp located in Jackson County near the town of Langston on Monday, July 11. The existing boat ramp, which includes a concrete launching slab, a small courtesy pier and dirt parking, will undergo extensive renovations to help accommodate the increasing demand for boating access at Lake Guntersville.
According to Damon Abernethy, WFF Fisheries Development Coordinator, the new facility will include paved parking for about 75 truck and trailer rigs, a three-lane concrete launching slab, and two 40-foot courtesy piers. In addition, the entrance will be moved about 500 feet to the north of where it currently exists so that boater traffic can be completely contained within the access area property. Ample security lighting will also be installed throughout the facility.
The project will take several months to complete, but the new facility should be reopened in plenty of time for the spring 2012 fishing season, which begins in February. Once the facility has been constructed, routine maintenance will become the responsibility of the Jackson County Commission and the nearby Town of Langston will maintain the security lighting.
“This project would not have been possible without the support of Jackson County and the Town of Langston, both of whom have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition,” said Abernethy.
Anglers should make arrangements to launch their boats at one of the other access areas located in the area while the project is being completed. There is a private ramp at South Sauty Resort at the opposite end of the bridge that is available to the public for a small fee, and a free public ramp several miles north of Langston on the main river at Chisenhall Branch. Anglers and boaters who would like to obtain information about the South Sauty Boat Ramp renovation project should call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.