Improvements to popular Snake River boat ramp under way

BAKER CITY, Ore. – Work to replace the boat ramp and floating dock at Spring Recreation Campground near Huntington, Ore., began today, the Bureau of Land Management Vale District announced. 

The launch area will be closed Feb. 1 to March 31, which is the low water season for Brownlee Reservoir. During that time, Vale District employees will remove concrete slabs and construct a new side ramp, as well as lay the foundation for a new floating dock to be installed later in the spring. 

“Our goal is to have the Spring Recreation Campground and boat launch ready to open as planned April 1 of this year,” Baker Field Manager Joe Aragon said.  

Installation of the floating dock itself will require a higher water level and is expected to take place in May.  

The floating dock was removed in 2019 after it broke free from its tether and a post-recovery inspection revealed it was unsafe for re-use. Its replacement is funded in part by a grant from the Oregon State Marine Board for the design of the new dock and purchase of materials.  

For more information, contact Larisa Bogardus at 541-219-6863 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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