3 RI Boat Ramps to be Improved in 2018

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will begin boat ramp improvements on April 16 at Watchaug Pond in Charlestown and Indian Lake in South Kingstown.

The existing ramps at both sites will be replaced by new concrete boat ramps, measuring 12’ in width. As an added amenity, DEM will also install a new 6’ by 20’ timber float at each site.

The projects will provide boaters and anglers with improved access to 2 of Rhode Island’s most popular boating and fishing areas. Both sites will be closed during construction. The boat ramps at Watchaug Pond and Indian Lake are expected to be completed by mid-June.

A third ramp-improvement project, at Echo Lake in Glocester, is planned for the fall. The existing ramp will be replaced with a boat ramp identical to those being installed at Watchaug Pond and Indian Lake, along with a new timber floating dock.

Funding for these improvements is being provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration program. The total cost of construction for the three projects is $420,000. The Sport Fish Restoration Program is a user-pay, user-benefit program that is derived from taxes on boat fuel, fishing equipment and the purchase of some boats.


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