What had been stair steps leading down to the Yadkin River where it meets the Mitchell River at Burch Station was instead a mud slide Friday following high waters due to heavy rain Wednesday.
Elkin’s official rain gauge at the town’s water plant recorded 1.78 inches of rain in just a short time Wednesday morning. This along with high rain totals upstream caused Big Elkin Creek, the Yadkin River and other area waterways to flood out of their banks by lunch time Wednesday.
As a result of the flooding, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has temporarily closed boating access areas and public fishing areas in the area, including the one at Burch Station.
Other access areas closed include Yadkin Shore in Yadkin County; Elkin Boating Access Area in Surry County; Roaring River in Wilkes County; and Ferguson in Wilkes County.
According to a news release from the commission, its staff has begun to repair the damage at those locations and will reopen them when work is completed.
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including the locations of more than 200 free, publicly accessible boating access areas, visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating. For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, including an interactive map of more than 500 public fishing access areas throughout the state, visit www.ncwildlife.org/fishing.