Kayaks, paddleboards purchased for Banner Creek Reservoir
New opportunities to explore Banner Creek Reservoir will be available this summer after the Jackson County Commissioners approved the purchase of several kayaks and paddleboards for the lake.
During a recent commission meeting, the commissioners agreed to purchase four kayaks, two paddleboards, six paddles and life jackets for the reservoir. In addition, a 12-foot by 16-foot building will be constructed to store the equipment.
The total cost of the equipment and the building is $8,500, according to John Kennedy, Banner Creek Reservoir director.
The equipment will be made available to the public to rent this summer. Rental fees have not yet been set.
A kayak is a small, narrow boat, which is propelled with a double-bladed paddle. A paddleboard is operated by one person that is either standing or kneeling on the board and it also propelled with a paddle.
Also during the meeting, the board learned from Kennedy that most of the new docks and gangways purchased through a matching grant have been delivered. Installation is scheduled for April 4 and 5.
Kennedy reported that several new events have been scheduled at the reservoir this summer and include a Kids Fishing Derby on June 17, a car show on June 12 and a mini mudder obstacle course on July 16.
It was noted that the bathroom and shower house facilities at the reservoir are expected to be open on April 3 for campers.