Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) has transferred 155 acres of forests and fields in northwest Stokes County to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). The land will be the first WRC-owned fishing access to the Dan River in the county. Dan River’s trout fishing waters are the nearest trout fishing opportunity for residents of the Triad.
Hunting and fishing regulations for the new Hill Farm Game Land are currently being promulgated by WRC.
“The Conservancy spent five years pursuing these properties with the ultimate goal of providing greater public access to the Dan River,” said Kevin Redding, executive director of PLC. “Fishing enthusiasts and hunters will soon have a new opportunity to access one of the Piedmont’s special places.”
The Dan River holds more than just trout and smallmouth bass. Recent sampling by the WRC identified several rare freshwater mussels along the river’s bottom. Stokes County is also a globally recognized hot-spot for populations of sucker fish. According the WRC, of the 80 globally recognized species of suckers at least 29 occur within North Carolina. The most recent edition of Wildlife in North Carolina, a magazine published by WRC, proclaims that “Stokes County’s eleven species of suckers are more than any other county or similar-sized area on Earth”.
Funding for this project was made possible by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, PLC’s Patty Nussbaum Conservation & Support Fund, Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.