CURWENSVILLE – Dr. Doug Austen made it his point to explore interesting Pennsylvania waterways, meet with constituents, and call attention to the work the Commission and its partners are performing in support of great fishing and boating during National Fishing and Boating Week. On Thursday Austen, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission, fished Curwensville Lake with members of the Pennsylvania Wilds marketing board.
Austen spent Wednesday and Thursday getting a taste of what the Wilds has to offer, according to Jason Fink of the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau. They spent Wednesday touring Lycoming and Clinton Counties, checking out the waters of Fishing Creek and the Susquehanna River at Lock Haven, as well as a tour of Woolrich.
Thursday brought them to Curwensville Lake and Recreation Area. Austen said while fishing that a lot of progress has been made on the river. He also voiced his appreciation of the lake.
“There’s this incredible resource,” said Austen. “We’d like more people to use it.”
Austen said that his visit to the different waterways across the state has given him the chance to meet with businesses who work the waterways. It’s given them the chance to explain how the Wilds program has impacted their businesses and livelihoods, according to Austen.
Austen went on to explain that the PA Fish and Boat Commission has been working with more canoe and kayak outfitters and enthusiasts to work on access points to waterways. He said that through partnerships with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Army Corps. of Engineers and other entities to put money toward waterway access.
“We’re putting a lot of money into access,” said Austen.
Sandy Fink Barrett, director of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority, said she was tickled to find out that Austen was coming to Curwensville Lake.
“One of the nicest things for me,” said Barrett. “Was to learn that we really do have friends in Harrisburg.”