Wenatchee boat launch will close for seven weeks for upgrades

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Riverfront Park boat launch.

The popular Riverfront Park boat launch in Wenatchee will be closed for seven weeks for upgrades.

The Chelan PUD will install a fish-friendly dock, rebuild and extend the launch ramp and remove sediment  from the boat basin.

The boat launch and parking lot, behind Pybus Public Market, will close beginning Sept. 30 and is expected to reopen in mid-November.

The goal of the sediment removal is to make the launch assessable at lower river levels.

A gangway will connect the new dock to the boat ramp, with the dock designed to allow more light into the water to reduce the opportunity for predator fish to hide in the shadows, the PUD said.

Wenatchee contractor KRCI will use the parking lot for materials and big equipment.

The entire project is expected to cost just over 600,000.

“We wanted to get the word out now so boaters can plan for using other nearby launches during the work,” said Ryan Baker, parks manager. “We understand that fall is a great time for being on the river, and we appreciate the community’s patience during this work to improve the launch.”

There is a free boat launch at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park or boaters can pay to launch at Confluence State Park.