Partial upgrades launched

Kasilof River boat ramp finished, other projects on hold

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005

 

  The new boat launch at the Kasilof State Recreation Area will soon be getting lots of activity. Photo by Joseph Robertia

The new boat launch at the Kasilof State Recreation Area will soon be getting lots of activity.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

An improved boat launch at the Kasilof River will open today — but anyone expecting to camp at the state recreation site will have to go elsewhere, as a lack of funds forced officials to scale back the work that was planned for the project.

"There were some cost overruns," Parks area Superintendent Jack Sinclair said. "... It's not going to have the campsites."

Sinclair said the project originally was intended to include 10 to 14 campsites at the recreation site. However, the cost of fill and paving at the site were higher than expected, leaving the campsites undone.

"There were some problems with the amount of fill brought in," Sinclair said.

The main goal of the project was to move the entrance to the site further from the Sterling Highway bridge, as well as increase the parking capacity at the heavily used launch.

Those goals have been accomplished, Sinclair said.

"The circulation, as far as at the launch, getting in and out of the river, is going to be improved greatly," he said.

Paving at the site has been completed, and Sinclair said anglers will be able to begin launching from the site starting this morning.

As for camping at the site, Sinclair said he's hopeful that in the next couple of years funding to complete the project will be found.

"The campsites are still our highest priority in the next phase," he said.

Sinclair said he believes the next phase of the project should be completed in the next two to three years.



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