Those planning a trip into northern Puget Sound or Saratoga Passage for a day of salmon fishing, might be in for a big unhappy surprise should they decide to head to the Port of Everett 10th Street boat ramp to launch their boat.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 26 the highly popular boat launch used by hundreds of anglers on peak days of the winter salmon fishing season will be closed for “a much-needed dredging project,” according to a news release on the Port’s Web site.
“I know a lot of people are upset, and the reason why is that (the Port of Everett) didn’t even post a sign in front of the pay booth last weekend when the majority of folks are launching their boats,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Everett. “I heard they finally put up a sign on Sunday evening, but there will be a ton of people who won’t know and come this Saturday they won’t be happy at all.”
The facility will be closed until mid-February, but could be even longer as the contractor for the project has a two-week extension beyond Feb. 15 if it takes more time.
Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood advises anglers to launch their boats at the Mukilteo ramp, “if the wind is not blowing too hard, but it has no dock in place. Or launch at Langus Park just west of I-5, but don’t cut the north jetty to tight or else you might end up high and dry.”
Chamberlain says there is a good boat launch at Marysville on the east side, but be careful of shallow water areas when heading out from here too.
“There are definitely ways to get out and fish, but I am sure the closure will have a lot of people (angry),” Chamberlain said. “The good news is that there was a lot of problems at the Everett ramp this past summer with retrieving boats during low water. So we have to look at the positive side and what this will do later this summer.”
The Port of Everett awarded a contract to KC Equipment to remove approximately 30,000 cubic yards of sediment from the boat launch facility, the news release said.
This $600,000 investment in the boat launch is supported by the Port’s Capital Improvement Project budget, and will enhance the operation and safety of the facility.
Last summer, the sedimentation impacted operations at the Port’s boat launch. From May to September of 2009, the Port had 22 days in which lanes 11, 12 and 13 of the public boat launch were inoperable during certain low tide periods.
The number of days that lane 13 alone couldn’t be used is significantly higher, because it is inaccessible at any minus tide. This is particularly troublesome because lane 13 is designed to provide access to individuals with disabilities.
“This project is essential to providing reliable boating access to the Puget Sound,” said Carl Wollebek, Chief of Operations for the Port of Everett said in the news release. “The Port regrets any inconvenience to local boaters while this project is ongoing.”