Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Opportunities For Area Fishermen

Cookeville-area anglers now have new access to the Caney Fork River, thanks to a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A new parking area and access trail to the river is now open at the I-40 Welcome Center, located on the Smith-Putnam County line at mile marker 267. The Welcome Center can be reached by both eastbound and westbound traffic on I-40. Officials say the new access area was developed to provide safe, legal access to the popular river for fishing. The Caney Fork River is routinely stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Special trout regulations apply and a fishing license with trout privileges is required. The angler parking area is connected to a road within the existing Welcome Center and provides parking for 12 vehicles. Signs are posted designating the area as "Angler Parking." Information on parking area rules are also posted, and the site provides walk-in access to the Caney Fork.