News Release

For Immediate Release
Lee Walker, 804-912-6121

NOTE: This news release was distributed on 6/5/2013. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.

Dedication of Hercules Public Boat Landing on Nottoway River, Southampton County

Richmond, VA - The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will dedicate the new Hercules Public Boat Landing on Friday, June 7, 2013, 11:00AM. The Department has been working since 2008 to acquire the land, permits, and permissions to replace the old landing.

The new landing is located on the south side of Route 671, at the Nottoway River Bridge in Southampton County. This new boating access facility features a ramp, support pier, and paved parking lot designed by Hurt and Proffitt Inc., with guidance from the DGIF. The facility features a separate access path from the top of the parking lot to the pier. The Hercules Landing was constructed by Crofton Construction Services Inc., of Portsmouth.

Boating fees paid for this new public facility, and a lease agreement between the Ashland Corporation and the Hercules Plant was required to construct the facility. The lease agreement expressed a concern for maintaining river access for anglers and boaters of the Nottoway River.

Hercules Landing is one of four landings in an area which receives heavy boating activity. Together, Hercules Landing and the other public landings provide great river access for boating, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities on the Nottoway River.

Virginia's Secretary of Natural Resources, The Honorable Douglas W. Domenech, the Chairman of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, F. Scott Reed, Jr., and Executive Director, Game and Inland Fisheries, Robert W. Duncan will be speaking at the dedication.

Department personnel will be on hand with boating safety information and information about the free fishing weekend that starts on Friday, June 7th and runs through Sunday June 9th.

To learn more about hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor opportunities in Virginia visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at: