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When is Lock & Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear River going to reopen to the public?

Dan Spears

Fear River Lock and Dam #1 in East Arcadia, pictured in August 2007. Staff Photo BY PAUL STEPHEN / STAR NEWS

Long-needed improvements and changes to public access of Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear River are ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Both COE spokesman Hank Heusinkveld and Tom Charles, a natural resource specialist and park ranger stationed at Lock & Dam #1, expected both the boat ramp and picnic area to be reopened in December of this year.

The area was closed in June 2010 to fix the dam itself, as well as add a rock rapids to allow fish to get over the dam.

The rapids project was completed earlier this year, and fish that were cut off from the top of the river have started to remigrate.

Lock and Dam No. 1 is almost 40 miles northwest of Wilmington, in southern Bladen County. It can be accessed from North Carolina Highway 87 onto State Route 1734 (Lock No. 1 Road)

Click here for the Army Corps of Engineers page about Lock and Dam No. 1.

StarNews correspondent Mike Marsh contributed to this answer.


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One Response to “ When is Lock & Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear River going to reopen to the public?”

  1. On July 23, 2013 at 11:12 am ted hall wrote:

    Ask Mr Heusinkveld and Mr Charles ,What they think about the project ,now that its complete ?and how the logs are covering the Dam and boat ramp. Its a Mess !!!!

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