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For Release: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dunkirk Fishing Pier Closes Temporarily for Construction

Work Begins to Improve Public Fishing Access at Popular Lake Erie Fishing Destination

Repair work and accessibility improvements to the Dunkirk Fishing Pier in the City of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, are underway, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

"The Dunkirk pier is a popular Lake Erie fishing destination among Western New York anglers, especially for trout, bass, panfish and walleye," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder. "This project will help to enhance public fishing opportunities by improving access to one of New York State's top ranked fisheries."

Construction activities started in early June and will include:

  • Upgrading the pier's design to create greater accessibility for all users
  • Making needed repairs to ensure the pier's structural stability
  • Reconstructing the existing wooden fishing pier above the existing steel substructure
  • Removing and replacing a portion of a concrete sidewalk to improve accessibility
  • Installing accessible railings and benches
  • Miscellaneous aesthetic improvements

During renovation work, the pier will be closed to the public. Pier improvements are expected to take about six weeks to complete and the renovated pier is slated to reopen later this summer. Construction activities will cost an approximate $56,000 and will be funded through the NY Works program.

The Dunkirk Fishing Pier is located in Dunkirk Harbor and provides exceptional, year-round fishing opportunities in an urban setting. DEC publishes a weekly updated fishing hotline for Lake Erie, available on DEC's website or by calling (716) 855-FISH.

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