Contact: Steve Knowles
Boat ramp at Falls of the Ohio State Park to be closed for two weeks beginning Oct. 14
Safety concerns have led the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to close the boat ramp at Falls of the Ohio State Park for two weeks beginning Oct. 14. The parking lot adjacent to the ramp will also be closed. Both will re-open Oct. 29.
The boat ramp and parking lot will be closed to prevent potential interference with activities on the river associated with the Lewis and Clark commemoration.
The Falls of the Ohio interpretive center and parking lot will remain open to the public during the two-week commemoration programs.
Recreational boaters and commercial fishing will be able to use the New Albany boat ramp located approximately 1.5 miles downstream (west) from the Falls boat ramp.
Next year, improvements will be made to the Falls of the Ohio boat ramp site. A second ramp and turnaround will be added allowing boaters a choice to safely launch and load during higher river flows. During higher water flow, wave action and currents from the nearby hydroelectric dam creates treacherous boat launching conditions.
The new ramp will be located just downstream from the existing ramp in a stillwater area that will be a safer area to launch boats.
The construction of the new ramp, which will cost approximately $70,000, will qualify for reimbursement through the federal aid in sport fish restoration program. Construction will close the ramp next year for four weeks in late summer or early fall.
For more information about the Lewis and Clark commemoration call 812-280-9970 or click on www.lewisandclark1803.com.
For more information about Falls of the Ohio State Park call 812-280-9970 or click on www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/parks/fallsofohio.html.
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