State to renovate Lake Jordan ramp

Published 11:09am Monday, August 5, 2013

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) will begin renovating the state public boat ramp located near Jordan Dam on Boat Ramp Road during the week of August 19. The renovation will include replacing the two existing launching ramps with a single 60-foot-wide launching slab capable of accommodating four boats simultaneously. The renovation is expected to take approximately three to four months to complete.

During the project period, the facility will be closed to public use. Boaters wishing to access Lake Jordan prior to December 1 should use the Bonner’s Point Public Boat Ramp off of Highway 111 just south of Holtville/Slapout.

“The new launching slab should significantly reduce congestion at this facility by doubling the number of launch lanes and improving the sight distance for boaters backing trailers into the water,” said Damon Abernethy, WFF Fisheries Development Coordinator.

Due to the timing and duration of the drawdown periods on Coosa River impoundments this fall, it will be necessary to complete this project in conjunction with a similar one at Beeswax Public Boat Ramp on Lay Lake.

“The drawdowns on each reservoir occur too close together for each project to be completed independently,” Abernathy said. “Construction crews will be required to move equipment back and forth between the two projects to complete tasks at critical stages of construction.”

Anglers and boaters who would like more information about the Lake Jordan boat ramp closing should click here for updates during the project period or call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471.

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