UMATILLA, Ore. – Public access to the Oregon Boat Ramp will be closed Sept. 28-29 to accommodate construction activities in the parking lot, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials at McNary Lock and Dam.
The park closure is necessary to ensure public safety while the Corps rebuilds the potable water-supply system at McNary Dam.
Visitors should avoid any area designated as a closed construction zone, or marked off with caution tape or fencing.
Recreational boaters can access the Columbia River upstream of McNary Lock and Dam from other nearby boat launches.
The nearest fee-free launch available on the south shoreline (Oregon side) of the river is Hat Rock State Park located about 6 miles upstream of the dam. Highway Directions: drive 8.2 miles east of Umatilla on Highway 730, then 0.8 miles north on Hat Rock Road.
The nearest free boat launch on the north side (Washington side) of the river is the Washington Boat Ramp, located just upstream of the dam. Highway Directions: take Exit 131 on Highway 82, then drive 2 miles east on the dam-access road.
For more information about this project or for general information, contact McNary Dam at 542-922-2268.
Release no. 15-066