By Louie Stout
Finally, some good news about public access.
Hudson Lake, Indiana’s largest natural lake without a state-owned public boat ramp, will have one for use sometime in July.
The lake is located near New Carlisle, Ind. in LaPorte County.
The DNR has been approved to construct a boat launch and parking area in the northwest corner of the backwaters, sometimes known as little Hudson.
The property is just north of the former Lucky Day private boat ramp that anglers used for years.
The Lucky Day property was a hot topic here a few years ago when it came up for sale and the DNR couldn’t gather the funds in time to buy it.
The new Hudson access was made possible by a one-acre donation from a nearby landowner who wanted it designated for public use.
Construction costs are estimated at $40,000, 75 percent which comes from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act and 25 percent from sportsmen license money. Sportsmen also contributed to the federal money through excise taxes they pay when purchasing fishing equipment and fuel.
So essentially, anglers paid for it.