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Marine Board conditionally approves $62K for a trail and dock on Estacada Lake

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF ESTACADA - The Oregon State Marine Board has conditionally approved a $62,100 grant for Estacada to launch a river access spot and dock on Estacada Lake.

The Oregon State Marine Board has conditionally approved a $62,100 grant for Estacada to launch a long sought after river access spot and dock on Estacada Lake.

The grant will fund the remaining design and engineering for a new location for non-motorized boating access on Estacada Lake.

Ashley Massey, spokesperson for the marine board said the board has conditionally approved the grant and sometime between May and June she expects the state would release money so the grant could be funded.

"We are definitely hopeful that we'll receive the grant and take the next step with the project," said Estacada City Manager Melanie Wagner.

The proposed dock and river access is a small part of a sweeping project to make the "Estacada side" of the Clackamas River more accessible to people and create another tourist destination in town. The plan for the riverside was detailed in the city's parks plan crafted in 2018 and has been talked about in Estacada for years.

COURTESY MAP: GOOGLE MAPS - The site for the proposed trial and dock is below the Red Fox Motel at Southwest Beech Road and Southwest Lakeshore Drive.

The dock would be within Estacada City limits. It would be the only safe and legal place for boaters, swimmers and walkers to access the lake in the city, the city's grant application said.

The city's application described the launch spot as "via soft surface trail, stairs, and gangways that lead to an in-water dock. The project is currently in permitting with all relevant local, state, and federal regulatory agencies."

The dock would be used for kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, canoes and rafts on the Clackamas River. The city anticipates a small storage area where paddle boards and kayaks could be rented.

The city application estimated there would be about 4,000 launches or retrievals per year at the new dock.

The trailhead and stair system are proposed to be located near the intersection of Beech Street and Southwest Lake Shore Drive.

It will provide not only a dock and lake access, but a spot for folks to enjoy the lake without going on the water.

Once the design and engineering for the facility is finished, the city will seek other grants and do fundraising to pay for construction.

PGE already has pledged $50,000 for the construction phase of the project. PGE owns the property and would extend a long-term lease to the city for the lakeside complex.

Wagner said the project would not be completed for two to three years, if all goes as planned.

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