Bear Creek Lake boating access area renovations complete

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TUCKASEGEE, N.C. - Improvements to Bear Creek Lake boating access area are complete, and the area is open to the public.

The access area is located on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County, N.C., at the end of Bear Lake Road. All the renovations were performed by and will be maintained by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The refurbished site features two 14-foot-wide, 90-foot-long ramps. The bottom elevation of the ramps is 88 feet, so boaters can launch when the lake is lower in the winter. A new floating dock with handicapped boarding assist handrails was also installed.

"“We value the cooperative partnership that exists between Duke Energy and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to provide quality recreation facilities for the boating public,"” said John Crutchfield, Duke Energy director, public safety & recreation strategy planning services. "“Duke Energy has plans to pave the parking area, install a vault toilet and build an accessible fishing pier in the next two to three years.”"

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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