Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday selected the winning bid for the creation of a new boat launch park on the Siletz River, about five miles north of the town of Siletz. Officially it’s at milepost 20.5. All you see there now is a logging road with a big steel gate across it.
The new boat launch park will come with lots of parking, restrooms, play area for the kids and a trailhead for walking along the river. The sticker price is just under a half-million dollars, the vast majority of it coming from federal and state agencies including the Oregon State Marine Board.
The main feature is a long cedar wood launch ramp. It’s not for driving on; it’s for sliding boats down to the river and then pulling them back up at the end of the day. It has walkways on both sides of it.
County Commissioners will likely make the bid award official next Wednesday. It will allow county staff to hire Devil’s Lake Rock Company to construct the entire project from the roadway in, parking areas, rest rooms and the cedar ramp. County work crews will take care of most of the site preparation and landscaping which is the county’s contribution in lieu of a cash match.
Construction is expected to begin fairly soon with completion by the end of August, right about the time Chinook fishing kicks into high gear. The formal dedication of the Ojalla Boat Launch Park is expected sometime in mid-September.