Getting in and out of the Siletz River at Jack Morgan Park is about to get a little easier, if not more enjoyable. Lincoln County Commissioners awarded the bid of $106,000 to Billeter Marine of Coos Bay to build a new boat ramp at the park, which is right off the Siletz Highway, about 2/3 the way from Toledo to the river mouth just south of Taft. Under specifications laid out by the State Marine Board, the ramp cannot be any larger than the old one it’s replacing. The new ramp, to be completed by fall, will be used primarily in the winter, spring and early summer when Siletz River levels are high. Summer flows will see mainly canoes and kayak’s using the ramp for easy entry into the river.
The state marine board is providing the vast majority of the funds. Lincoln County is putting up just over $17,000 as the local match for the marine board grant.