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Ashley Ferry Boat Ramp in Claremont, N.H., Closed for Silt Removal

CLAREMONT, N.H. -- The public boat access facility along the Connecticut River known as Ashley Ferry, in Claremont, N.H., will be closed to accommodate dredging to remove accumulated river silt on the ramp.  The closure will begin late on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.  The ramp is expected to reopen late on Friday July 8, 2016. 

During the three days, a turbidity curtain (a plastic shield placed into the water) will be installed and remain in place, completely blocking the end of the ramp. This equipment traps silt and clay floating in the water as a result of the dredging, preventing it from entering the main course of the river.  There will be no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats during this time period. 

Downings Landing Ramp to Close for Repairs, Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton N.H.

ALTON, N.H. -- The public boat ramp facility known as Downing’s Landing in Alton, N.H., which provides access to Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee will be closed for repairs beginning late Sunday, July 17, 2016.  The ramp is expected to be closed for two weeks and will reopen late on Friday, July 29, 2016.  We will make another announcement in this space to confirm the reopening when the repair is complete.   

During the closure, a turbidity curtain (a plastic shield placed into the water) will be installed and remain in place, completely blocking the courtesy docks and ramp. This equipment traps silt and clay floating in the water as a result of the construction and prevents it from entering the lake.  There will be no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats during this time period, nor will fishing be available from adjacent areas of the property.  In the days just prior to the full closure, a limited portion of the parking area may be used to stock pile materials and equipment in preparation to making the repairs.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will extend the existing concrete and asphalt ramp slab and repair the uneven and deep drop-off that was created by destructive and unnecessary “power-loading” of boats onto trailers.  The extension will use the Department’s small concrete plank design until a full-upgrade of the property can be completed in the future.  

New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds.  Fish and Game's Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas.  For more information on boating access locations in New Hampshire visit www.fishnh.com/maps/boatfish/index.html.

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