March 2

Recently the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission acquired more than 700 acres of property along Wilson Creek. Designated as a federal Wild and Scenic River, Wilson Creek attracts more than 10,000 people to the visitor center each year. The Wildlife Commission also is working with Caldwell County to develop a 25-acre day park within the former Lutz property tract that will include handicapped accessible fishing.

The Wildlife Commission hopes the new Lutz development will become a potential attraction to fishing enthusiast, either local or statewide. The Commission cites a report issued in 2009 that shows that nearly 93,000 trout anglers spent approximately $146 million on equipment and trips in western North Carolina in 2008. This amounted to 2,000 jobs in the western part of the state.