Boat launch ramp at Tappan Lake temporarily closed for upgrades

January 26, 2010

The primary boat launch ramp off Rt. 250 just east of the dam at Tappan Lake is closed for a few weeks while the ramp and parking lot undergoes major upgrades in time for the 2010 boating season.


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) received a $400,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft to fund numerous improvements at the ramp, said Scott Barnhart, MWCD’s chief of recreation. Portions of the existing boat ramp will be replaced, a new and relocated restroom will be constructed, handicap-accessible courtesy docks will be installed at the ramp, parking will be expanded, lighting will be improved and other improvements will be made in the parking lot.


Barnhart said that much of the work will be conducted during the winter months when boating traffic is limited. Boaters who do plan to launch their boats can still use the ramps located off Rt. 250 across from Tappan Marina and the campground boat launch ramp located inside Tappan Lake Park.


The basis of much of the planned work at the Rt. 250 launch ramp came from boaters and fishermen who regularly visit the lake, Barnhart said.


“We received outstanding input from the public about what types of improvements they prefer to see occur in the project,” Barnhart said. “I think our regular visitors and those who even may be visiting Tappan Lake for the first time will be pleased with the upgraded launch ramp and facilities.”


All of the work at the ramp is expected to be completed by the spring. An announcement about the reopening of the ramp also will be made, Barnhart said.


The grant is part of the Division of Watercraft’s Cooperative Boating Access Facility Program to improve public boating access.


All public boat launch ramps at the MWCD lakes are free for visitors. For more details about Tappan Lake and the MWCD, visit


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