Wildlife Commission Builds New Boat Ramp In Kinston

Officials hope a new boat ramp will bring more boaters and more business to Kinston.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission started construction on the Woodrow Wetherington Landing along the Neuse River in January.

Bill Ellis, Director of Parks and Recreation in Kinston, says the taxes from saltwater fishing licenses are paying for the ramp.

It will be a big upgrade from the city's current boat ramp, which officials say is both unpaved and in a bad location. Ellis hopes it will attract visitors to the city who would have gone elsewhere.

"Anytime you can get people using our rivers, accessing our rivers and enjoying the outdoors, it's a great thing for our community," says Ellis. "So we're really excited. There will be plenty of parking for trailers and also two good areas to let your boat into the river."

Officials say the boat ramp is fully funded by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and will be state maintained. Construction should be completed by June.