- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council is asking the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for money to rebuild the boat launch at Lee’s Landing on the Tangipahoa River.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/ViPfdn) the parish is seeking $294,000 in state money to rehabilitate the landing and would contribute an additional $73,000.

The historic landing, which attracts hundreds of users on weekends, has long been a major entryway to the Tangipahoa River and ultimately to Lake Pontchartrain. Over the years, however, the landing has fallen into disrepair.

Parish Councilman Harry Lavine, who represents the landing area, said improving the boat launch is long overdue to accommodate outdoors enthusiasts.

Only one other boat launch, a commercial landing on Bedico Creek, offers access to the Tangipahoa River. Dozens of camps line Bedico Creek and the southern Tangipahoa River and camp owners depend on the landings for access to their camps.

Lee’s Landing is familiar to a nationwide audience of the History Channel’s television series “Ax Men.” Shelby Stanga, one of the stars of the show, has his headquarters at Lee’s Landing. Stanga is a logger who has made a career of reclaiming “sinker logs,” timber that has sunk below the surface of a river.

Parish officials hope funding for the boat launch can be awarded through the sport fish restoration program administered by wildlife and fisheries officials.

Site work would include renovation of the launch as well as dockside improvements and providing adequate parking.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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