Ac­ces­si­ble fish­ing pier now open at lake near Milling­ton

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MILLING­TON — The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has opened a new float­ing fish­ing pier and gang­way at the Uni­corn Lake Fish­eries Man­age­ment Area in north­ern Queen Anne’s County that meets the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act Ac­ces­si­ble De­sign Stan­dards of 2010.

Uni­corn Lake en­com­passes a fish hatch­ery, recre­ational fish­ing lake and boat ramp.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, the depart­ment worked with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Dis­abil­i­ties and the Depart­ment of Gen­eral Ser­vices to cre­ate this fully ac­ces­si­ble fresh­wa­ter fish­ing pier on state land.

The new 448-square-foot float­ing pier, lo­cated next to the boat launch, has enough space to ac­com­mo­date mul- tiple an­glers. The alu­minum gang­way to the pier is ad­ja­cent to a newly con­structed park­ing space and por­ta­ble bath­room.

“The new float­ing pier will pro­vide more ac­ces­si­bil­ity and op­por­tu­nity for an­glers at this pop­u­lar fish­ing spot in Queen Anne’s County,” Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Mark Bel­ton said in a state­ment. “This is one of our top pri­or­i­ties and proud­est ef­forts, to make sure all Mary­lan­ders have ac­cess to the en­joy­ment of na­ture.”

Fund­ing for the $100,000-project was pro­vided through the Mary­land Depart­ment of Dis­abil­i­ties’ Ac­cess Mary­land Pro­gram. The 43-acre Uni­corn Lake was se­lected for the grant be­cause of its phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion, con­struc­tion lo­gis­tics and great fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for large­mouth bass, chain pick­erel and pan­fish.

“Ac­ces­si­bil­ity projects such as the ac­ces­si­ble fish­ing pier and gang­way at Uni­corn Lake cap­ture the spirit of the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act and the Ac­cess Mary­land pro­gram,” Depart­ment of Dis­abil­i­ties Sec­re­tary Carol Beatty stated. “By pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for projects that in­crease ac­cess to stateowned build­ings and parks, we’re en­sur­ing that Mary­lan­ders with dis­abil­i­ties can fully in­ter­act and en­gage with the com­mu­nity.”

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