BC Parks plans to fix the Mile 54 boat launch at Charlie Lake this year.
The boat launch was abruptly barricaded and closed to trailered boats in September 2018 due to its poor condition, and left open only for canoeists, kayakers, and other non-motorized boats.
“Although there are alternate boat launches located at the Rotary Park and Beatton River Provincial Park, the boat launch is important to many user groups,” says BC Parks. “The boat launch has been maintained and upgraded over the years, but the condition of the concrete in the boat launch has necessitated a replacement.”
The boat launch is part of Charlie Lake Provincial Park, established in 1964. The decision to close the launch in 2018 surprised residents and user groups, prompting a petition for its reopening and immediate repair.
According to BC Parks, the concrete panels of the boat launch have become cracked and uneven, and no longer provide safe access. Damaged portions of the launch will be replaced with concrete mats that will tie into the existing concrete panels above the high water mark that are in suitable condition.
The upgraded launch will be about three metres wider and six metres longer than the footprint of the old launch, and a nearby seasonal drainage culvert outlet will also be shored up with rip-rap to prevent erosion.
Work is expected to begin at the end of August, and be substantially completed by Sept. 15
Public access to the area will blocked off at the boat launch road and Charlie Lake Crescent during construction. Archeologists will be on site to monitor and report any finds, according to BC Parks.
The upgrades are budgeted at $150,000.
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