In Centre County, work continues on developing a unique fishing and outdoor nature area. Its at the Soaring Eagle Wetland Property just of of Route 220 near the village of Julian. One of the priorities here, making the great outdoors accessible to everyone.
Part of the Wetlands property includes a stretch of the Bald Eagle Creek, which this year is also an Experimental Regulation Area for the State’s Fish and Boat Commission. Under their Keystone Select Program. Larger trout are stocked here and those fishing are allowed to use both bait and artificial lures. The Commission is studying and comparing the fishing options.
Also at the Wetlands, an ADA compliant, handicap access walking trail. Russ Schleiden of the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation saying: “We have one section, the Galen & Nancy Dreilbelbis Section now open, and we’ve tested it with wheelchairs and its being used and we have handicap parking.”
The Wetlands area was initially developed nearly twenty years ago by PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration as mitigation tied to the relocation of I-99. Development of the Wetlands has been going on for the past decade. It was 2011 when the land was turned over to the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation.