January 7, 2019
Keystone boat ramp update - Jan. 25, 2019
January 25th, 2019 – Keystone Boat Ramp Update: The storm of Dec. 20, 2018, destroyed the protective wooden breakwater at the Keystone boat ramp, knocked over one of four concrete support pilings for the floating dock system and damaged the understructure of the docks and their attachments to the walkways on the boat ramp. On Jan. 21 and 22, taking advantage of low tides, the Washington State Parks marine crew was able to remove the downed piling that was laying across the boat ramp. They were also able to remove the remaining portions of the destroyed breakwater structure from the water and the section of breakwater that had washed ashore onto the beach. With the removal of these hazards, the boat ramp is now open for launching, however, boaters will still not have use of the floating docks until they can be repaired AND until some kind of protective breakwater structure can be installed, either temporarily or permanently.
Currently, you can still launch your boat at the ramp, but you won’t have a dock to use. Boaters are always advised to use caution in order to avoid underwater hazards, especially during low tides. Without the use of the floating docks, boaters are asked to be patient and courteous with each other as launching will become more complicated and wait times will increase.
Because of the extensive damage and the complexities of replacing the breakwater — including obtaining funding and multiple permits — we don’t expect to be able to fully restore the boat ramp and docks for at least a year.