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Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita WMA road open, public information meeting

Strong High School Library

Sept. 18, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public information meeting about the future management of Clear Lake Road, leading into Beryl Anthony Lower Ouachita Wildlife Management Area, at 5 -6 p.m., Sept. 18 at the Strong High School Library.

Clear Lake Road has been the subject of many discussions since it was closed due to dangerous driving conditions early this year. Extremely wet weather, combined with traffic caused the road to deteriorate in places. The road was recently opened to ATV traffic, but remained closed to larger vehicles. Rains from Hurricane Harvey prompted another temporary closure, but AGFC has since been able to reopen the road to ATV traffic.

“We’ve been able to repair the road by filling in some of the holes in it with larger rock to make it passable for ATVs,” Nimmo said. “Caution should be taken by anyone using the road because construction is not complete.”

Many local anglers have voiced concerns about not being able to access the section of the Ouachita River on the WMA or the lakes found along Clear Lake Road. By opening the road to ATVs, the AGFC hopes to let more anglers enjoy the fishing the WMA has to offer without compromising the road’s integrity.

For more information about the road closure or public information meeting, call the Camden Regional Office at 877-836-4612.