Jesse Drewery of Franklin wants to restore a landing site to Round Gut Creek, which is behind him. The place is a popular one with many fishermen. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES/TIDEWATER NEWS
Jesse Drewery of Franklin wants to restore a landing site to Round Gut Creek, which is behind him. The place is a popular one with many fishermen. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Fisherman wants to restore landing

Published 11:39am Saturday, June 1, 2013

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER
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FRANKLIN—A Franklin man seeks public support to have a community boat landing rebuilt at Round Gut Creek, located off the Nottoway River.

“I’ve been coming down here since 1966,” said Jesse Drewery, 85. He added he uses the site at Delaware Road only about three or four times a year.

Still, Drewery wants to make the access easier for fishermen who more frequently come to the place.

“I believe you need to give back to the community,” he said.

Pointing out the remains of a previous effort that used bricks for a landing, Drewery figures there’s been one in some form or another since the Great Depression era.

“People before me did a good job,” he said.

Having decided to take on this project himself, Drewery first sought permission from Cass Camp, who said his family has owned that piece of land leading to the creek since 1975.

“I’ve known Mr. Drewery most of my life,” said Camp, who added that it’s “been awhile” since he’s fished in that creek himself.

Camp figures there’s been a natural access to the river for about 100 years.

“That landing goes back many, many years and has been used as a fishing hole. It’s a good access point,” he said. “People over the years have just improved it themselves.”

“The landing got to point of being in disrepair, and it became difficult to get boats in,” Camp continued. “Mr. Drewery asked permission to rectify it and I thought it would be fine.”

Camp checked with his mother, Gail, and aunt, Suzette Carpenito, to whom the property belongs.

“Both are fine with it,” he added.

The landing site is not officially a public fishing place, Camp said, adding, “I hope it will be like it used to be, a nice, quiet area to enjoy nature.”

Drewery said he knows it’s too soon to tell about the exact level of concern.

“I certainly hope to help him with it,” said Ken Behnken, who lives near the corner of Delaware and Sycamore Church roads.

Behnken said he fishes at the creek “quite frequently,” often catching bream, shell crackers and crappies.

Drewery’s hope is to get three to four other people willing to donate some money, materials and time to create a new foundation and ditches along the perimeter to drain water.

With the use of a backhoe or bulldozer, the work could be completed quickly.

“My guess is a day,” Drewery said. He noted the distance from the road to the water is about 150 feet.

For anyone interested in the project, meet Drewery at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the path that leads to the creek. This is located after Cherokee Drive off Delaware Road.

Contact Drewery at 562-4651 for more details.

  • RACN35

    yes agreed , I wasn’t counting the IOW ones

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  • http://www.blackwaternottoway.com Jeff Turner

    There is actually 4 for the Blackwater. Rough landing at RT.189, Franklin DGIF ramp, Joyners Br Rt 611 DGIF ramp and DGIF ramp at RT 603.

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  • RACN35

    *** seeking public support *** … FOR A – The landing site is not officially a public fishing place, Camp said, adding, “I hope it will be like it used to be, a nice, quiet area to enjoy nature.”…..

    Peters Bridge -Carys Bridge – BRAND NEW HERCULES – Smith Ferry 258… and Courtland …. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH ?

    only 2 for the Blackwater and 1 for the Meherrin and its in the Ghetto – Hood of Emporia … wow we need help !

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  • http://www.blackwaternottoway.com Jeff Turner

    It is a great access location. However it comes with issues. In the past few years there have been many who have had there rigs vandalized or broken into while parked there. Its a shame that is like that now. People just can’t respect other peoples stuff. Mr. Drewery should contact DCR’s suffolk office. They might be interested in helping with the project as they are usually interested in creating better access on our rivers. Noah Hill is the guy to talk to. The idea needs to be sold to DCR as a canoe or kayak launch site though because, well just trust me you;ll get further going that route.

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  • broman

    I wish I could come Mr. Drewery. My Dad and I fished Round Gut from ’70 until he couldn’t go any more. Thanks to the owners for keeping it open.

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