A courtesy dock at South Shore Landing on Lake Columbia is among projects authorized recently by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Commissioners approved $538,900 from the state’s Marine Fuel Tax program to be used for repairs and upgrades to boat ramps and access points throughout Arkansas.
Other South Arkansas projects receiving approval were the following:
-- Engineering for a boat ramp’s construction at the Greenville Bridge Access of the Mississippi River.
-- A courtesy dock at Brady Point Access on Lake Ouachita.
In total, 15 improvements have been authorized in the next fiscal year, ranging from road repairs and parking lots to courtesy docks and riprap reinforcements to prevent erosion. Estimated costs for individual projects range from $10,000 for a courtesy dock at Brewer Lake to $60,000 to completely renovate the Perryville Access on the Fourche River.
Marine fuel taxes are collected on gasoline and diesel fuel used in boats throughout Arkansas. The money is held by the Arkansas Department of Transportation and is distributed through a partnership between the AGFC and ArDOT.
Ben Batten, AGFC chief of fisheries, said since its inception in 1969 Arkansas’s marine fuel tax has funded nearly $59 million in improvements to boating access in the state.