April 29, 2019 11:01 AM
*ATTENTION BOATERS* Keystone boat ramp update - April 29, 2019
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 under-structure 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.
Currently, you can still launch your boat at the ramp, but you WILL NOT have a dock to use. We are working hard to get the required permitting to allow us to put in temporary docks as soon as possible. We do not have an ETA for when temporary docks will be in place, as we do not have control over the permitting process.
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.
As always, boaters are advised to use caution in order to avoid underwater hazards, especially during low tides.