Improvements coming to Massey Branch Access

Major reconstruction is underway at the Massey Branch Boat Access Area on Santeetlah Reservoir, meaning the area will be closed through Feb. 1, 2017.

The work aims to enhance recreation opportunities, with a major component of the project including replacing the final concrete section of the existing boat ramp. During reconstruction, the reservoir elevation will reach the allowable limit of 9.9 feet below full pond to allow for the improvements. 

The project is a collaboration of the U.S. Forest Service, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower. It is being implemented in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved recreation plan of 2006. 

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