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Handicapped Accessible Fishing Dock and Kayak Launch at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, June 13, 2014
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Positioning The Dock
Positioning The Dock - Photo Credit: USFWS
Volunteer Steve Brown
smooths out the cement.
Volunteer Steve Brown smooths out the cement. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Paving Day
Paving Day - Photo Credit: Barbara Brown
Paving Completed
Paving Completed - Photo Credit: Steven Brown
Completion Day
Completion Day - Photo Credit: Steven Brown
Kayak Launch
Kayak Launch - Photo Credit: Steven Brown

Wallkill River NWR recently opened a new area for recreational use! In June the finishing touches were made to promote ADA accessibility for fishing and kayaking at a 50 acre lake on the property located at 136 Owen’s Station Road, Sussex, NJ. A modular dock, complete with a handicap kayak launch (purchased with funds from grant money) was constructed and installed at this location. Many hands were involved in the dock project; from the modular assembly to the concrete steps to the asphalt ramp and safety railings. This was a labor of love for all involved.  The entire project was completed by Service staff and resident volunteers.
The lake has not been stocked, but no one is disappointed. Large-mouth bass are plentiful! The refuge also offers free introduction on kayaking at this location. All equipment is provided and the trips are led by resident volunteers, John and Sandi Wicklund. These outings are hugely popular and openings fill up quickly.
This property has enormous potential and this is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish in the future.

Contact Info: Fran Stephenson, 973-702-7266 x 10, fran_stephenson@fws.gov
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