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$1 million Tahoe boat ramp overhaul begins next month

Margaret Moran
The 51-year-old Lake Forest boat ramp located off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road near Tahoe City will soon be replaced. From Sept. 7 through December, the ramp will be closed to the public.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Lake Forest boat ramp will soon close for the rest of the season so crews can perform a roughly $1 million rehabilitation project.

Taking advantage of drought conditions, Tahoe City Public Utility District will close the ramp at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 to replace the existing concrete ramp and conduct maintenance dredging.

The ramp — built in 1963 and located off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road east of Tahoe City — has sustained “significant structural deterioration” over the years and is nearing the end of its useful life, according to the PUD.

The new ramp will continue to provide three launching lanes, but each will be 15 feet wide, rather than less than 12 feet, in order to meet California boating and waterways standards and safely handle the high volume of launches and retrievals.

In addition, dredging will be done to remove accumulated sediment and enable boating at lower lake levels.

“The TCPUD regrets any inconvenience this causes in an already difficult boating year, but is looking forward to the future benefits of the modernized ramp,” said Bob Bolton, director of parks and recreation, in a statement.

This season, low water levels have resulted in various closures, including the Sand Harbor boat ramp late last month and Tahoe City commercial rafting companies providing service on the Truckee River.

Further, more than 300 people had to be rescued last week when the Tahoe Queen paddle wheeler became stuck on Lake Tahoe after hitting a sand bar near the South Shore.

Construction at Lake Forest is scheduled to start Sept. 8, extending through December. The ramp will reopen for public use once the project is complete and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approval is obtained, officials said.

The project is estimated to cost $1.075 million, with the majority of the funding provided by a $806,000 California Wildlife Conservation Board grant; $118,000 from North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Placer County grants; and $151,000 from property tax collected by the PUD for parks and recreation, said Cindy Gustafson, district general manager.

The Lake Forest boat ramp is open year-round — with varying hours depending on the season — and has on average 3,425 users annually, according to previous reports.

Visit http://www.tahoecitypud.com to learn more.