Bayou Bartholomew Boat Ramps
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
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.