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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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July 25, 2018
Contact: Sandra Jonker, (360) 696-6211

Rowland Lake boat launch will close for upgrades

OLYMPIA – A popular boat launch in Klickitat County used by boaters, swimmers, and anglers fishing near the Columbia River will be closed for upgrades and repairs for approximately three weeks.

The Rowland Lake Access, owned and maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will be closed for upgrades and repairs starting Monday, July 30 through at least Aug. 17.

The lake is located four miles east of the towns of Bingen and White Salmon on State Route 14 in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Sandra Jonker, regional WDFW wildlife manager, said the department's goals are to upgrade the site to ADA standards and improve access to the lake. The department purchased the 90-acre site in 1963 to support public recreation.

Boating Facilities Program grant funds provided by the state Recreation and Conservation Office will be used to design and construct phase 1 of the upgrade, which will include a new concrete boat ramp, a new turn-around, a staging area for loading and unloading boats, an ADA parking pad for the restroom, and new parking bumpers. Boulders already on the property will be used to restrict vehicle access to sensitive shoreline areas.

Jonker noted that an additional closure may be necessary in late September or early October to finish the work.