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Hall County weighing takeover of Wahoo Creek Park

POSTED: May 9, 2014 11:29 p.m.

A popular fishing spot in North Hall County may fall under the county government’s watch if a lease agreement can be worked out with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Mike Little, director of Hall County Parks & Leisure Services, said the corps, looking at closing the 14-acre Wahoo Creek Park at 3956 Mount Vernon Road, has offered it to Hall.

“From a county standpoint, we would hate to see that boat ramp closed,” he said.

But Wahoo Creek is “mainly a fishing park,” Little said.

“It’s very popular area of (Lake Lanier) during the whole year, but especially during the spring,” he said. “From what I understand, the crappie fishing is excellent around there.”

Of the 14 acres, eight are usable. The other six, which are “heavily wooded and steep,” aren’t, Little said.

Moving forward, “we’ve got to get all the lease agreements put together,” he said, adding that for the matter to proceed, it would have to get the blessing of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

If all goes as Little hopes, the county could start running the park in July.

“And at that point, we’ll go in and (make improvements),” Little said. “It does need some tender loving care. There are some trees that are down, that need to be cut up and removed, and there’s some general cleaning (that needs to be done).”

Also, the county would “re-establish” the picnic area, adding some tables, and clean up the shoreline.

As far as maintenance goes, “it will be an easy park for us to take care of and improve,” Little said.

“I envision a lot of people using the shoreline to fish. The shoreline’s very accessible,” he added.

The corps is considering the lease arrangement as part of a national plan to re-evaluate recreation sites in light of budget constraints.

“What we’re doing is leasing (Wahoo Creek) out, getting it off our books — we don’t have to take care of it,” said Tim Rainey, the corps’ operations project manager for Lanier.

Also, it’s relatively close to Little River Park at 2665 Little River Park Road, off U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway.

“We got a little additional funding to increase the (boat trailer) parking at Little River, but part of the deal was giving up Wahoo,” Rainey said. “The long-term savings at Wahoo will outweigh the short-term investment in improving the facilities at Little River.”

Plus, “we’ll be able to accommodate more people at Little River,” he said.

The parking improvements could be completed by late summer, Rainey said.


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