For the time being, the lake in Smith Creek Park is stocked with bass and bream (sunfish), New Hanover County Parks Director Jim McDaniel said.
“We’re going to work with North Carolina fish and wildlife. They make the recommendations,” McDaniel said.
As vegetation grows in the 47-acre lake, other fish species may be introduced, McDaniel said.
Fishing is allowed in the lake, but an N.C. fishing license is required. It’s strictly a catch-and-release operation, McDaniel said.
The main part of the lake, site of a former sand mine between Harris Road and Interstate 40, covers 35 acres. An adjacent lake section is about 12 acres, McDaniel said.
The walk around Smith Creek Park Lake is about 1-3/4 miles, McDaniel said.
Pedestrians might see smaller alligators feeding in the lake, which drains into Smith Creek.
“They move in and move out,” McDaniel said. “There is no swimming and I think it’s a good policy.”
Citizen response to the recent opening of the park has been enthusiastic. McDaniel said.
“On weekends you can find a place to park. It’s phenomenal,” he said. “I’m so proud of the park. It’s going to be the jewel of the city.”
The county purchased an adjacent 85-acre tract, which will eventually be developed into a park with a nature center, walking trails and other amenities.
Date posted: December 8, 2011
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