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Disabled anglers soon to have easier access to Gamber trout stream


Disabled anglers soon will have easier access to a trout-filled stream in Gamber.

Volunteers from the Patapsco Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited have been working on Project Access, a fishing platform at Morgan Run all summer. They plan to complete the work by the end of October.

The group is building the platform at the stream, which runs beside Klees Mill Road east of Route 32. The project is patterned after a similar project on the Gunpowder River.

"This access is not just for people in wheelchairs, but for those with heart conditions or bad knees," said Blaise Nealon, program director for the chapter, based in Carroll County. "They can park nearby and walk only a short distance to the platform."

After several meetings with the state and a volunteer architect, the local chapter received a building permit and began work in April. This summer, volunteers constructed pathways and parking areas. They used 300 sandbags for stream diversion and installed the base for an 80-foot-long platform.

About 20 volunteers will come ready to build the platform at 7 a.m. Saturday. The Lumber Yard in Eldersburg and the Schaeffer Lumber Co. in Westminster have donated treated 6-by-6-foot boards, which the workers will cut, drill and bolt together. They also will install erosion control material.

With two more workdays scheduled, the chapter is planning a dedication ceremony next month.

Morgan Run, a Liberty Reservoir tributary, is a catch-and-release stream. Fishing, with artificial flies and lures, is allowed all year.

"The state is committed to keeping Morgan Run stocked," said Mr. Nealon, who fishes there several days each month. "It's a great fishing spot with six miles of trout stream."

Including the lumber, area businesses have donated about $15,000 in materials and services.

"Everything is 100 percent donated," said Mr. Nealon. "All we need now is a sign."

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