ELKIN — A new boat access ramp is being planned for the Yadkin River.
The access point will stand at the mouth of the Mitchell River where it meets the Yadkin, along N.C. 268 outside of Elkin. Fishermen, kayakers, canoers and small boat users will be able to access the water somewhat equidistant between the existing put-in at Elkin and the nearest take-out — roughly 13 miles east at U.S. 601.
The access will be constructed between several partnerships.
Surry County’s parks department and Elkin Valley Trails Association will work with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to build the ramp. Plans are being made for a spring construction.
The EVTA also will expand its system of trails to include the new access point. Visitors will be able to leave the river and travel to tourist destinations in the area.
“It’s going to be connected by trail to Pat and Clyde Caldwell…so you can get out there and go up to the Carolina Heritage Vineyard,” Dr. William Blackley of the EVTA said. “They’ve already done some work out there and it’s under county control.”
At the time river-goers can put in at Elkin’s Crater Park and float past the Mitchell on their way to the Yadkin Shores access point under the U.S. 601 bridge.
The two are managed by the Elkin and Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Departments, respectively.
The new access point already is used without permission by many, but the new ramp will make the area a legitimate take out.
The access will be located in a bend of N.C. 268 near Perdue Farms, Inc.
In total, their are 14 official access points on the Yadkin River.
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