Bayou Bartholomew Boat Ramps

Bayou Bartholomew Boat Ramps

Bayou Bartholomew, the longest Bayou in the world that begins its journey outside of the city of Pine Bluff, Arkansas has a new boat ramp.

The Dr. Curtis Merrell Boat Ramp

Named after Dr. Curtis Merrell the founder the Bayou Bartholomew Alliance.
The concrete boat ramp and parking area are located just off Interstate 530 in south of Pine Bluff.

 Now there are four concrete ramps on the bayou, two in Ashley County and one in Lincoln County

Merrell started efforts to get a ramp constructed at the Pine Bluff location in 1999. The land used for the access area was donated by Wal-Mart who developed part of the land as a Supercenter.

Wal-Mart agreed to donate a total of about 30 acres to the city, including about 25 acres of wetlands behind the Supercenter as well as an easement to allow a 6 foot wide trail to be constructed to connect the two parcels.

The alliance plans to construct a trail thru the wetlands.

To show their appreciation to Dr. Merrill, commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted to name the access area on Bayou for the conservationist.

The alliance has said that they will continue to work to get more ramps on the bayou.

Lined with majestic cypress and tupelo swamps, inhabited by alligators, turtles and frogs, visited by wintering waterfowl, containing over one-hundred and seventeen species of fishes, Bartholomew is truly a wonder of nature remaining natural with few improvements.  Arkansas Striper Fishing

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Bayou Bartholomew the longest Bayou in the world.