It is a beautiful December afternoon lookjng over Geritol Cove here at Lake Almanor. I thought I would take you in and show you what has been going on at the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp. It has been about a month and a half since I have brought you a progress report on the operations to remove hazard trees and get the facility back open. So lets take a look.....
At the entrance to the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp, you can see obviously the sign says it is closed, the gates are open, and off in the distance you can see a few of the log decks that reamin from the hazard trees that were removed.
On the road into the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp parking lot, to the left of the road you will notice the bulletin board and a couple small cedar trees that look like thew have survived. There are now log "guard rails" that line both sides of the entrance road coming in.
The entrance to the side or "overflow" parking lot at the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp. Here again you can see the log "guard rails" that have been constructed and pretty much ring the parking lot and roads inside the facitilty now.
The boat ramp and dock at the Canyon Dam facility. The dock itself is pulled up just a little bit out of the water, im sure there is some pretty good sand build up around the rollers. Fingers crossed that oncoming storms will bring some additional water to the lake.
While much of the surrounding area was ravaged by the Dixie Fire earlier this year, the resource that IS Lake Almanor continues to draw people both locally as well as out of the area to fish the lake. The Canyon Dam Boat Ramp, being the only year-round, maintained public access point for people to launch boats therefore becomes a vital piece in the economic recovery puzzle for Lake Almanor and the surrounding communities. Rumors have been swirling as to when the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp will again be open to the public. Three weeks ago, I heard it expressed as "any day now" then a series of unconfirmed "excuses" as to why it hasn't been opened yet. No matter if you are a local area business, a fisherman looking to access Lake Almanor to fish, and or launch a boat, or just someone who cares about the area and wants to see things return to some sense of normalcy in the wake of the Dixie Fire, I encourage you to reach out and let the US Forest Service know how important it is for the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp to be re-opened. You may do so by contacting the Lassen National Forest Supervisor's Office in Susanville at (530) 257-2151 and the Lassen National Forest Almanor Ranger District Office at (530) 258-2141 and tell them to open the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp.
It was announced today by the Lassen National Forest that the Canyon Dam Boat Ramp is once again open to the public. The announcement warned or low water levels on the ramp and advised a brown marker had been placed at the end of the concrete. Officials also advised that future closures may happen for additional tree work and dock repairs.
Capt. Bryan Roccucci
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