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Boat ramp temporarily closing

A boat ramp at Carr Creek Lake in Knott County will temporarily close Sept. 4 to 7 while the facilities are being used as a staging area for a major fish habitat improvement project. The ramp is located in the upper reaches of the lake, at the White Pine Shelter of the Littcarr Recreation Area.

Anglers may still launch their boats at Carr Creek Lake Marina or at a second ramp located near the dam. All ramps will be open for the Labor Day holiday. The ramp will close the following Tuesday through Friday to minimize the inconvenience to boaters.

The project will help improve fishing and fish populations in the lake. “Carr Creek Lake lacks adequate cover for young fish once the lake is lowered to winter pool. They need that cover to escape predators and survive the winter,” said Joseph Zimmerman, Fisheries Habitat Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We’re working to fix that.”

The department will sink trees, PVC structures, Mossback Fish Habitat, wooden pallets and stake beds at winter and summer pool depths.

“This has turned into a community project because of the number of people who want to help,” Zimmerman said. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has worked closely with us — they’ve even donated structures and materials for this project.

“We’re also grateful to our other partners, the local anglers who formed the Friends of Carr Creek, and students from the Knott County Central High School FFA (Future Farmers of America),” Zimmerman said. “They’ll help build the structures and stage them for deployment.”

The upcoming project is the second phase of the project. Work on the third and final phase of the project is set for December

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