Watts Flats Changes A Win-Win For Everyone

Watts Flats, a small hamlet located between Ashville and Panama, is one of the area’s best venues for cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, nature study and trapping.

The area is home to diverse wildlife species, including beavers, mallards, minks, muskrats, raccoons, wood ducks, black ducks, Canada geese, deer, ruffed grouse, woodcock and herons, as well as a variety of song birds. The east branch of Little Brokenstraw Creek flows through the area, providing access to game fish including northern pike, bullhead and sunfish.

Much of the land surrounding Watts Flats is part of a state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife management area. Because of its location, however, the area is often forgotten when it comes to grant funding. A recently announced state grant will help make Watts Flats and all of the nature found on the Watts Flats wildlife management area a bit more accessible to the general public. The $75,000 project will upgrade the site’s parking area, upgrade .75 miles of Green Flats Road and build a 10-by-12-foot wildlife observation platform and hunting blind overlook in the marsh. The project should be completed by this fall.

Such improvements are important for those who enjoy the outdoors. This project is a win-win for everyone involved.