Dalton’s Landing Canoe Launch to open in Altavista Thursday

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

(Photo: Courtesy Town of Altavista)

ALTAVISTA, Va. (WFXR) — With the summer season drawing closer, the Dalton’s Landing Canoe Launch will be opening to the public on Thursday, the Town of Altavista announced.

Starting Thursday, May 13, officials say the parking area and launch will be open from sunrise until sunset on a daily basis, but the parking lot gate will be locked each evening once installed. 

In addition, since the Dalton’s Landing Canoe Launch — which is located off Highway 43 near Carter’s General Store in Lynch Station — is not built for sliding down, the public is asked to walk their watercraft down to the river.

 “There are some additional aesthetic implements that will be installed within the next few weeks, but from a safety perspective, we can open the launch and we are excited to be doing so,” said Amie Owens, Assistant Town Manager. 

According to the Town of Altavista, temporary closures will be necessary to finish certain installations in the future, but that should not effect the weekends when the launch is at its busiest.    

Officials say there will be a formal ribbon cutting at an undetermined date to recognize those who helped to make Dalton’s Landing a reality through their cooperation and support, including various agencies and the donors who helped to offset the costs of the project, such as the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Recreational Trails Program, Beverly W and Hampton O. Powell Charitable Foundation, The Timken Foundation, Dominion Energy, CoBank, the Walmart Foundation, Southside Electric Cooperative, and members of the Dalton Family.    

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