Refurbished boat launch ramp now open at Tappan Lake

May 27, 2010

The refurbished boat launch ramp off Rt. 250 just east of the dam at Tappan Lake is open again in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.


The boat launch ramp was closed since the beginning of the year as it underwent extensive upgrades 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. The parking lot has been expanded, the concrete boat ramp has been replaced and the new ramp has been widened, lighting has been improved and other updates were completed in the parking lot.


While the ramp is open for use, two items of work at the facility remain to be completed. Installation of the floating docks at the ramp and at the courtesy docks are scheduled for June and a new, permanent restroom will be installed near the courtesy docks later this summer or early fall.


“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.”


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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