The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that needed repairs on two boat launches on Lake Champlain – the Peru Dock Boat Launch and the Willsboro Bay Boat Launch – are set to be undertaken during the month of October.
DEC is replacing a culvert under the exit lane of the Peru Dock Boat Launch which is causing problems for boat motors and trailers exiting the boat launch and addressing other water drainage issues at the site. The repairs will begin October 9 and are expected to be completed on October 17.
The boat launch will be closed while the repair work is occurring. The Peru Boat Launch is located off State Route 9 in the town of Peru, Clinton County across from Valcour Island.
DEC will add riprap (cobble sized stone) to the lake bottom at the end of the ramp at the Willsboro Bay Boat Launch to fill a significant drop-off at the end of the ramp created by boaters power loading their boats onto trailers. The drop-off is causing problems for boaters with larger boats and trailers whose wheels drop off the end of the ramp before reaching water deep enough to launch. A one-foot deep, four-feet wide area of stone fill will be placed across the end of both ramps to address this issue.
While the exact dates of the repairs on the Willsboro Bay Boat Launch has not been determined, it will take place during the next several weeks. While the repair work is underway only one ramp will be closed and boaters will be able to use the other ramp. Boaters should use caution while near the active work area. The boat launch is located at the end of Boat Launch Road off Point Road (County Route 27) in the town of Willsboro, Essex County.