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Banister Lake project now complete

South Boston News / December 27, 2017
The Banister Lake Boat Landing Project is now completed with landscaping finished and lighting installed.

The boat ramp which is located on US 501 has been in use for over 40 years as a popular boating and fishing destination, in addition to being a recognized attraction on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

But it needed significant rehabilitation and in December of 2014 the County transferred the land on which the pier was located to the Town of Halifax.

The Town then worked to get funding for the project, receiving grants from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, a Dominion Environmental Stewardship Grant through the Dan River Basin Association, the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund and the Riverbank Fund from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, totaling $266,900.

The Banister River is part of the Virginia Scenic Rivers system which extends from US 29 in Pittsylvania County about 63.3 miles to its confluence with the Dan River in Halifax County.

Interest in kayaking and canoeing has grown significantly and with the development of the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway, this access site will be enjoyed by both motorized boat users and paddle sport watercraft enthusiasts for fishing, wildlife viewing and related outdoor activities.

The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway consist of four rivers and two lakes spanning Halifax and Mecklenburg counties, connecting over 100 miles of navigable water and 1,200 miles of shoreline. In its adopted 2007 Comprehensive Pan, the Town identifies the site, as part of the “Banister Lake/Banister River Recreation Area,” in an effort to promote natural resource protection for water quality and wildlife habitat in addition to market outdoor recreation and natural heritage experiences which foster economic development, tourism and a more vital quality of life for its citizens.

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