NC WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION TO INSTALL LOCKED GATES ON KERR RAMPS – Hibernia NCWRC ramps are first.
In a time when many are questioning, if not confused by, increased government intervention in many of the daily mainstream aspects of citizen life, here comes another blow to personal freedoms.
Kerr Lake started filling in 1952. Boat ramps soon followed. The majority of boat ramps, at least on the North Carolina side, are operated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Those NCWRC ramps have been open with 24/7, 365 access for six decades.
All of a sudden NCWRC, either at the urging of Governor Roy Cooper or flexing its own muscle from the board room, is beginning the process of putting up gates to prevent access from the ramps, when NCWRC wants to do so. It is not known whether any press or media releases have been sent out. Several members of Kerr Lake Park Watch said they have actually talked with a NCWRC official who confirmed the Hibernia NCWRC is getting a locked gate.
The first known of the these gates to be installed on Kerr Lake is just outside the entrance to the Hibernia State Recreation Area just off NC 39 at Townsville. It is reasonable to assume that other locked gates will begin showing up on Kerr Lake.
The question that callers and emailers are posing to Kerr Lake Park Watch is: “If all these years, the public has had the sense enough to refrain from attempting to use flooded boat ramps, why now is there a need for locked ramps on Kerr Lake?
Most comments received thus far are against the gates being installed, but that decision apparently has been made at a higher level.