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BLM to upgrade Salmon River boat ramps

Rafters at a boat ram on the lower Salmon River.

Credit: Bureau of Land Management
Rafters at a boat ram on the lower Salmon River.



Having estimated they serve more than 86,000 vehicles and more than 321,000 visitors every year, the Bureau of Land Management is moving to repair seven boat ramps in Salmon River country, from Shorts Bar down to Pine Bar, the local BLM office announced last Friday, Jan. 26.

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Boat launches along the Salmon River in Idaho County.

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The decision, signed by Cottonwood-based field manager Richard White, advances a plan the Free Press first reported in September 2015.

An environmental assessment released along with the decision describes the following:

  • Pine Bar: Construct a new concrete ramp parallel to the existing ramp, approximately 14 feet wide by 92 feet long.
  • Hammer Creek: Construct new preparation pads approximately 50 feet by 20 feet on the north and 50 feet by 30 feet on the south of the existing ramp, and replace a section (about 4 feet by 25 feet) of plank ramp.
  • White Bird Gravel Pit: Construct a new concrete ramp parallel to the existing ramp, approximately 18 feet wide by 146 feet long.
  • Slate Creek: Replace the boat ramp by removing concrete planks and installing a new concrete ramp approximately 14 feet wide by 120 feet long.
  • Lucile: Construct new preparation pads totaling approximately 402 square feet.
  • Old Lucile: Construct approximately 1,200 square feet of new preparation pads.
  • Shorts Bar: Construct a new ramp apron totaling about 45 square feet of new pad.

“The BLM would use either cable concrete blocks or poured concrete or a combination of both to complete the projects depending on the situation at each ramp and available funding,” White wrote in his decision.

More information is online at https://go.usa.gov/xnfmJ, or contact BLM outdoor recreation planner Joe O’Neill, (208) 962-3683 or jfoneill@blm.gov.



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