Keswick Boat Ramp to be temporarily closed during water quality study


Bureau of Land Management

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River in a forest.

REDDING, Calif.  – The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily close the Keswick Reservoir boat ramp along the Sacramento River Rail Trail from Monday, April 4 through the afternoon of Friday, April 8, so the U.S. Geological Survey can conduct a water quality study.

“We recognize that this closure might cause some inconvenience, but the study is important to develop long-term strategies for managing water coming into the reservoir from the Iron Mountain Mine site,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office.

The closure will not affect recreation access to the rail trail or use of the Bureau of Land Management’s Keswick Trailhead, which will remain open. During the closure, boaters can access the Sacramento River via the Lake Redding, Kutras, South Bonneyview and Bonneyview boat ramps. Ramps at Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta Lake will also be available.

Information on this study is available by contacting Kate Burger, senior engineering geologist at the Central Valley Water Board, 530-223-208, or by email at Information on the Iron Mountain Superfund Sit is available by contacting Lily Tavassoli at the U S Environmental Protection Agency, 415-972-3146, or by email at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.