BLM’s Mineral Ridge boat launch to temporarily close for renovation work
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Mineral Ridge boat launch and associated facilities will temporarily close in January for upgrades to improve boater access to Lake Coeur d’Alene. The popular launch site is one of few public launches on the east side of the lake used year-round by both anglers and recreational boaters. Over the years, use of the existing ramp during low water months has caused the concrete ramp to crack and break apart in areas.
The BLM will take advantage of typical winter low water levels to replace the existing boat ramp with a concrete ramp that will extend 40 feet further into the lake. The longer ramp will help reduce issues with launching in low water conditions.
Beginning Jan. 15, 2021, the boat ramp, parking area and restroom will be temporarily closed to provide for public safety while construction is underway. Boat ramp renovations are expected to be completed by mid-March.
National Native American Construction, Inc. (NNAC), headquartered in Coeur d’Alene, was awarded the $170,000 contract. The NNAC will also replace the picnic pavilion shelter roof at the Mineral Ridge recreation site, approximately .5 miles from the boat launch. The picnic pavilion will be unavailable for use, but the BLM does not plan any closures to the Mineral Ridge trailhead or parking area while roof repairs are underway.
During the boat ramp replacement, the BLM recommends anglers and boaters use the State of Idaho’s Higgins Point launch off Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive or the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Third Street boat launch.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.