January Public Meetings are Coming Up!

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Meeting II. Assessments

OPRD is currently conducting resource assessments and visitor experience assessments for the Columbia Gorge State Parks to better understand opportunities and constraints in the management of our park system. At our second set of public meetings we will present these findings. The community members and park staff will then work together to identify the most important values, strategies, and actions needed to guide the comprehensive planning and design efforts in all of the Oregon State Parks in the Columbia River Gorge.

West End   

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5:20 -7:30pm

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR                                                    

East End    

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

5:30-7:30pm

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

5000 Discovery Drive – The Dalles, OR

Advisory Committee*

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1:00pm- 4:00

Gorge Pavilion

Marine Park – Cascade Locks, OR

*The public may attend the Advisory Committee meeting however, only comments from the committee will be taken at this meeting.

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Posted on January 6, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It seems a shame that, according to the staff comments, Oregon Parks is essentially writing off the boat ramp and lagoon at Rooster Rock. We have enjoyed using the lagoon as a destination for our boat club for years, but it is now too shallow for us to enter except at the highest river stages. The boat ramp is well placed for those with smaller boats who want to access that part of the river (especially since the removal of the Corbett Station ramp.

    The costs of dredging could be reduced by bank improvements that help keep silt and sand from refilling the channel so quickly, saving considerable in maintenance costs over the years.

    Please reconsider what appears to be a “done deal” in abandoning this wonderful facility.

    Thank you.

    • Bill, thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns about the boat ramp at Rooster Rock State Park.

      We are not sure what comments you read, but we do understand how valuable the boat ramp is to boaters, especially given the lack of options for launching and mooring in the Gorge. In its current condition, the boat ramp and lagoon do not provide an enjoyable visitor experience. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) staff has been working closely with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to determine the best possible use of the boat ramp area in the future. As the boat ramp is on the OSMB priority list for repairs (see the OSMB Six Year Plan at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatFac/docs/sixyearplan11_17/multnomah_report_map.pdf) the OPRD Gorge Parks plan does not call for abandoning the boat ramp, but instead suggests increased understanding of sedimentation patterns near the park prior to project coordination. Needless to say this is a challenging issue.

      Sedimentation has reduced the quality of visitor experience for river users at Rooster Rock (motor boats, personal watercraft, swimmers, etc.). In the early 1980’s most of the spit adjacent to the lagoon was washed away by a high water event. At an enormous cost, the spit was reconstructed and the lagoon was dredged in 1986, but by the early 1990’s siltation continued to be a significant issue for navigating the channel. As previous efforts to dredge the channel have proven unsuccessful, newly identified solutions to the sedimentation are limited and extremely expensive to implement. Dredging as you point out is costly, but finding a location for the dredge material can also be challenging. We will continue to work with OSMB and are hopeful we can find a lasting solution that benefits recreationalists and natural resource quality, while making use of public funds in a responsible manner.

      We appreciate your suggestion of bank improvements and will share this with OSMB. The OPRD Gorge Parks plan has prioritized a riverfront willow restoration project along the western bank of Rooster Rock. While this single action will not solve the problem, we believe it is a first step in achieving a greater understanding of how park management can work with nature to work on improving the boat ramp area for boaters and other park visitors.

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