CAYCE, S.C. — Officials in Lexington County are preparing to rebuild a boat landing on the Congaree River that was destroyed in the flooding rains last October.

Officials in Cayce think it will cost about $180,000 to repair the landing, with most of the cost paid by the federal government, The State newspaper ( ) reported.

The 23-year-old landing was closed after its dock was damaged in floods that followed record rain last fall. It’s unclear how long the project will take.

Fishing and floating trip guides are happy about the decision.

“It’s way overdue,” said Kevin Geddings, owner of Adventure Carolina in Cayce.

The most recent renovations to the landing were in 1993 by state natural resources officials to encourage outdoor recreation in the Midlands. It’s the only landing on the riverfront in the city of nearly 13,000 residents.

One guide, Jason Bennett of Irmo, says the loss of the dock created congestion on the Richland County side of the river.

“That makes things a little more inconvenient,” Bennett said.

The closing shortened float trips by nearly a mile and required longer treks to return boats and equipment to his shop, Geddings said.

“Not having it has been huge for us,” he said.

The landing also benefits recreation on land, officials say. The parking lot is a gathering spot for bicyclists and hikers headed for nearby trails.

Information from: The State,

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