Lake in Carroll County taking shape
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2012 3:00 pm
HUNTINGDON (AP) — West Tennessee officials are preparing for the opening of a 1,000-acre lake in Carroll County on the outskirts of Huntingdon.
Carroll County Watershed Authority member Kenny McBride told The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/JwGO1Y) that more work needs to be done to U.S. 70, and picnic and restroom facilities need to be built before the man-made lake is open to the public.
“We’ll also have a place for people to buy refreshments and snacks,” he said. “Right now we’re waiting on TDOT to build a turning lane off 70 and finish road maintenance.”
But work on the lake is mostly done. Watershed board members boarded a pontoon boat recently to get a close-up view and spotted bald eagles, blue heron and several waterfowl on their journey.
The lake will be about 48 feet deep and is being stocked with 800,000 fish. It is expected to open to the public next spring.
McBride said a name has been selected for the lake, but it won’t be revealed until this week.
“The Chamber (of Commerce) left suggestion boxes out, and people were free to turn in their ideas,” he said. “They turned the suggestions over to a consulting firm they’ve used before to make a recommendation to us.
“They made their choice based on marketing and other things.”
Board member Joe Smothers said water for the lake came from three wells and run off from nearby Reedy Creek.
Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley said planning on the lake started in 1984, but officials didn’t get a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction until 2002.
He said he hopes the lake will bring an economic boom to the area.
“Many people don’t know it, but fishing is one of the biggest industries,” he said. “And tourism and recreation are a big thing. We have 22 miles of shoreline that we expect to develop over time. We hope to have great economic development for the county and the region.”
Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com Published in The Messenger 6.8.12