As of Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Seven Salmon River boat ramps from Pine Bar to Shorts Bar will eventually be renovated, if a proposal the Bureau of Land Management published earlier this month goes off.
Work won’t start this fall, as planning has just begun. And it won’t start next spring – and probably not during any other spring – as working on boat ramps is impractical during heavy runoff.
When the project goes off, it will extend several ramps to make it easier for both the float set and the boat set to get their setups in the water. The Pine Bar, Hammer Creek, White Bird Gravel Pit, Slate Creek, Old Lucile, Lucile and Shorts Bar ramps will be overhauled to give rafters and jet boaters alike more room to prepare and launch their rigs. Trailers are sometimes damaged by dropping off the ends of the existing ramps.
Project highlights include:
The downstream prep area at Hammer Creek would be expanded by 15 feet out and up to 60 feet wide, with another 60 feet long and 60 feet wide to be added at the upstream prep area.
The ramp at Pine Bar would get another lane up to 20 feet wide and 120 feet long.
The ramp at Shorts Bar would get an extension of five to 15 feet out and up to 47 feet wide.
The Old Lucile ramp would get an extension of five to 15 feet out and up to 30 feet wide.
The Lucile ramp would get an extension of five to 15 feet out and up to 40 feet wide.
The Slate Creek ramp would be replaced.
The White Bird Gravel Pit Ramp would get an extension of five to 15 feet out, up to 26 feet wide.
A scoping letter announced the outset of this “Lower Salmon River Boat Ramp Improvements” project on Sept. 9, with an Oct. 11 deadline for public comments. Scoping is the first step federal agencies are required to take under the National Environmental Policy Act. Under NEPA, if a project proves complicated or controversial, planning can take years.