A new boat ramp opens near Wetumpka Saturday, May 7, that will allow better access to the Coosa River. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) secured property from the City of Wetumpka on the west side of the Coosa River in 2008 for the purpose of constructing a new public boat launch. The site is located directly across the river from the existing public boat ramp at Gold Star Park in downtown Wetumpka. To access the new facility, travel west across the Coosa River Bridge and immediately turn left onto Dozier Road. The facility is on the left adjacent to the old Corps of Engineers lock.
The new access area was necessary because the park surrounding the existing boat ramp left no room for expansion to accommodate any additional facilities. The ADCNR partnered with the City of Wetumpka to provide the new public landing, which will accommodate about three times the number of boaters. The ramp at Gold Star Park, currently under the control of ADCNR, will be turned over to the City of Wetumpka after construction of the new ramp has been completed.
Construction of the new facility began in January and includes a 20-foot wide launching slab with an associated courtesy pier, paved parking for 20 truck and trailer rigs, security lighting, and a one-acre gravel overflow parking area. Construction of the courtesy pier, gravel overflow lot and courtesy lighting will be completed after the facility has been opened for public use. The City of Wetumpka will be responsible for beautification and routine maintenance once construction is complete.
Funding for this project was obtained through the Sportfish Restoration Program, which is supported through excise taxes on the sale of outboard motor fuel and fishing equipment, and through the sale of State fishing licenses. Anglers and boaters who would like more information about this and other public boating access areas provided by ADCNR should visit: http://www.outdooralabama.com/boating/where/freshwater.cfm or call the Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.