August 14, 2008

Decision on Langsdorf Ramp Grant Due in Fall


State wildlife officials will learn in November the fate of a grant application for $739,000 to redevelop the Langsdorf Landing boat ramp along the Columbia River downstream of Vancouver.

The single-lane concrete plank ramp is enters the river at the slough between Caterpillar Island and the Washington shore along Lower River Road.

Chuck Leidy, regional lands agent for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said plans call for doubling the parking on the east side of Lower River Road and adding a longer new ramp, fish- cleaning station and lights.

The facilities would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, he added.

If the grant application is funded, the department could have the money available in January.

The work likely would be completed in phases to avoid disrupting anglers, particularly during spring and fall chinook seasons, he said.

During the peak of spring salmon season, parking at the ramp often is full by 5 a.m.

The ramp also gets considerable use during the fall chinook season. This year, fall chinook retention in the lower Columbia River is scheduled to be open Sept. 1-16.

Originally published by ALLEN THOMAS Columbian staff writer.

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