Facing a deficit of $10,000 for making the Bear Creek Reservoir available for public fishing next year, the Upper Oconee Basin Group is reconsidering whether fishing should be allowed at all in the 505-acre regional reservoir.
Meeting last Wednesday morning, the authority reached no conclusions, but members questioned several times whether allowing boat access and fishing from the bank is worth the cost.
Jackson County operates the boat ramp on the lake. Recreation director Ricky Sanders presented a budget showing expectations of collecting $10,000 less revenue than expenditures, prompting a discussion on the merits of allowing recreational use of the lake. That cost would be spread evenly among the four counties — not added to the budget of the authority.
Members of the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority are questioning whether a projected $10,000 net cost to keep the Bear Creek Reservoir open to fishermen and boaters is worth the expense.
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