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Grant OK'd for OC boat launch

In regard to the Clackamette RV Park and boat ramp, there is good news, bad news and a glimmer of hope.

by: PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Closed signs and a barrier prevent people from using a damaged boat ramp in Clackamette Park to access the Clackamas River.The RV park recently was temporarily closed due to flooding this past winter, but has now re-opened, said Scott Archer, community services director for the city of Oregon City.

“Once the water receded we could fix the damaged electrical hook-ups,” he said.

But the Clackamette boat ramp is another matter altogether.

Due to flooding and the effects of ice on the ramp this winter, there was enough severe damage that it was declared a public safety risk and had to be closed.

A formal news release from the Oregon State Marine Board noted that in December 2013, “a winter storm increased river flows in the Clackamas River enough to uplift several of the concrete panels that form the surface of the launch ramp. In addition, river flows also eroded the upstream side of the ramp, substrate rock supporting the panels, and created a deep hole just downstream of the ramp.”

However, last week the city received good news in the form of a grant approval from the OSMB for the city of Oregon City to hire a consultant to analyze the hydrologic conditions around the Clackamette Park boat ramp.

The board approved $15,000 in state boater funds, combined with $45,000 in federal Sport Fish Restoration funds for a project total of $60,000.

Once the grant agreement is formalized, the city “will begin the process of soliciting the services of a qualified consultant via a Request for Proposals. We anticipate the hydrologic study will take place this summer, and likely last a few months,” Archer said.

The outcome of the study will provide the city direction and recommendations on how to address the damaged ramp.

“Possible solutions will include repairing the ramp in its existing location or considering a new location within the park. This study is necessary in order to determine how to move forward on eventual re-opening of the ramp,” he added.

The city hopes to re-open the boat ramp as soon as possible, but a construction timeline for repairs is dependent upon the recommendations of the consultant, Archer said.

He added, “Funds for repair have not been identified. Cost estimate for repairs will be known once we have completed the consultant study to determine repair options.”

For more information about the Marine Board’s Boating Facilities Program, visit oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatFac/pages/index.aspx.