Clackamette Boat Ramp - Open

Short-term repairs have been made to open the boat ramp while long-term relocation including design, engineering and funding steps are taken.

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Clackamette Park Boat Ramp Relocation

The City of Oregon City, in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are pursuing a long term solution for the boat ramp at Clackamette Park. 

In December 2013, the boat ramp at Clackamette Park was severely damaged resulting in the closure of the boat ramp for boaters’ safety. Recently, a short-term repair was made to the boat ramp to allow boating access while the City finalizes the design and engineering pursues a variety of permit approvals, and secures funding to relocate the boat ramp.

For questions please contact Denise Conrad, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, City of Oregon City at 503-496-1565 email: dconrad@orcity.org or Janine Belleque, Boating Facilities Manager, Oregon State Marine Board at 503-378-2628 or email: Janine.belleque@state.or.us.

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Clackamette Park Boat Ramp Update

The boat ramp has been closed for about 2 years due to damage to the ramp panels and undermined structure below the ramps metal rails.  Just after the damage occurred in December 2013, we were able to shore up, salvage and stabilize the ramp panels and prevent more undermining.  This year, we were given the opportunity to do a hydrology study with grant funding from Oregon State Marine Board.   West Consultants, Inc. was selected through a process and hired to evaluate our options to reopen the boating access.  A short term repair option has been proposed to re-open the ramp as soon as possible.  Additionally, conceptual options for a long term replacement solution have been recommended.   These options, further analysis, final recommendations, permitting requirement needs and funding options are currently being evaluated.  Future updates on this project will be posted on our website as we continue to work toward reopening this facility.

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The boat launch ramp at Clackamette Park remains closed for safety reasons.  As the Clackamas River current has changed over the years, high flows directed at the boat ramp have led to at least three separate significant incidents where large concrete panels were displaced or steel piling and docks were damaged.  The latest event that led to the current closure resulted in the undermining of the material beneath the lower portion of the ramp as well as a deep hole immediately downstream of the ramp.  The City, with funding assistance from the Oregon State Marine Board, was able to have a contractor make emergency repairs, placing the panels back to avoid loss of the panels or further damage.  While the ramp may appear usable, it is unstable and not safe to use for boat launch purposes.  It was a joint decision of the City and our partner agency, Oregon State Marine Board, that the ramp remain closed to boat launching until a solution can be determined and funded.  Repairs to the ramp are likely to be expensive, and environmental permits will have to be secured for any work performed on the ramp.  Since the river has changed course so dramatically over time, the City and Marine Board are not confident in proceeding with repairs only to have a future high-water event damage the ramp again.  We are uncertain if the river has reached some level of stability or if it will continue to change.

To have a better idea of which course of action to take, the City and Marine Board have agreed to proceed with obtaining a professional hydrological analysis of the river in the vicinity of the park.  This analysis is being co-funded by a grant from the Marine Board and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  It is anticipated that the results of this analysis will help all parties decide on the most appropriate course of action.  The City and Marine Board feel this is the most responsible approach to take before we invest what is potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars of state boater funds in repairs or a new ramp in an alternate location.  We are committed to finding the best path forward to provide boater access at Clackamette Park.

The analysis is expected to be complete this year.  Since the solution (including potential costs) for repair or replacement of the ramp will not be known until the analysis is complete, it is not possible to estimate a timeline for a replacement or re-opening.  The City and the Marine Board recognize the disappointment and inconvenience boaters and anglers are experiencing due to the reduced access to the lower Clackamas and Willamette caused by this closure.  Fortunately, the nearby ramp at Sportcraft Landing was replaced in recent years and offers safe boating access to the Willamette.

For your reference, below are a few other boat launches in the area.

  • Meldrum Bar Park Boat Ramp in Gladstone: Off of River Road & Meldrum Bar Park Road
  • Cedaroak Boat Ramp in West Linn: 4600 Elmran Drive
  • Sportcraft Landing in Oregon City: 1701 Clackamette Drive
  • Riverfront Park in Milwaukie:  McLoughlin & Jefferson
  • Bernert Boat Ramp in West Linn: 12th & Volpp

For other boat ramps visit Oregon State Marine Board at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/Boat-Launches.aspx