Progress is ongoing on a project between Polk County and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to dredge almost 6,800 cubic yards of material to provide an adequate navigational channel at the Lake Adger Boating Access Area.
Gary Gardner, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Engineering Section Chief, said that the Commission recently received approval for the project’s permits. The permit process, he said, took more than a year and included public meetings and reviews. Bid documents are being finalized to send out to potential contractors, Gardner said.
“The plan is to start the dredge this fall,” Gardner said. “Naturally, we don’t want to start during the busy boating season. Everything is on track now.”
Sediment from the Green River has settled in the navigation channel, which runs from the ramp to the main body of the lake, Gardner said. The plan is to dredge the sediment and do inland placement and habitat creations where the river is already forming deltas.
Polk County has applied for a Shallow Navigation Dredge Grant that will help fund a large portion of the project. The rest will be funded by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
When completed, the channel will be more accessible.
“We’re making the channel about 40 feet wider than it is now at the main part of the channel and we’re going to go as deep as we can,” Gardner said. “Out toward where people call ‘The Point,’ where it opens to the main part of the lake, we’re going to go as wide as 100 feet.”
The lake, which is used for recreational activities like boating, fishing, and swimming, is more than 430 surface acres and has more than 14 miles of shoreline. The lake is known for its excellent muskie fishing.
The lake will still be usable by the public during the dredging process.
“We don’t anticipate the whole thing to take over a month,” Gardner said. “As we expressed during the public meeting in April, we hope to keep the channel open the entire time so folks can go out can still use the lake. There may be certain times where it is closed or equipment is being moved on the ramp, but we hope to keep it open. We will be communicating those closings to the community, if they happen.”