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Mile 54 boat launch upgrades await final inspection

Refurbished launch will be open for next season
The new Mile 54 boat launch and Charlie Lake Provincial Park.

Repairs to the Mile 54 boat launch at Charlie Lake are nearly complete, though boaters will have to wait until next season before it is reopened.

Construction took place over the last month, and the Ministry of Environment says BC Parks is waiting for a final inspection before the launch is opened.

"The project will be open for next season," the ministry said.

The boat launch was abruptly barricaded and closed to motorized boats in September 2018 due to its poor condition, and left open only for canoeists, kayakers, and other non-motorized boats.

The boat launch is part of Charlie Lake Provincial Park, established in 1964. The decision to close the launch surprised residents and user groups, prompting a petition for its reopening and immediate repair.

The upgrades were budgeted at $150,000, and part of $14 million in facilities improvements at BC Parks this year, the ministry said.

Those improvements also included a $150,000 upgrade to the boat launch at One Island Lake.

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