After more than six months of waiting, it appears that physical work is about to start on laying down asphalt on the first of five potential entry points for boaters to Bayou Bartholomew.
The Morehouse Parish Police Jury and other volunteers are working to establish a local canoe trail for outdoor enthusiasts.
During the past several days stakes and asphalt have been stacked near the Bonner Ferry Road and Crossett Highway intersection just north of Log Cabin.
Kay King, Morehouse Economic Development Corp. CEO, said response from people in the community has been “exciting” about the realization of the trail, which stakeholders are hopeful could eventually lead to a popular destination for out-of-towners and also become a boon for the local economy.
“As we see the work get done on, it's a real boost for us to have the first one get started as we work toward the other points,” she said.
Nearly all the expenses for the access point at Bonner Ferry are provided by the state due to its removal of a former launch site there when a new bridge was built several years ago and a 1-acre land swap was exchanged between the Jury and the state.
King is in the process of completing necessary paperwork through the state transportation department to get permission to asphalt the remaining points – one at a time.
“We are working through some environmental issues with those sites right now,” she said.
Once the Jury gets the OK from LDOTD, it will pursue matching grants to pay for establishing the remaining launch sites.