Hendricks Bridge boat ramp reopens after major improvements

Hendricks Bridge boat ramp reopens after major improvements
Posted on 10/26/2020

Lane County Parks’ popular Hendricks Bridge boat ramp has reopened after major improvements thanks to a partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Hendricks Bridge Park closed on June 8, 2020 to begin the project.

 

The improvements included reconstructing and realigning the boat ramp, as well as expanding the parking area to reduce congestion and increase maneuverability.

 

“We are so grateful for the generous funding from the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,” said Lane County Parks Manager Brett Henry. “Making such dramatic improvements will really change the experience for people using the ramp for the better and increase their safety at the same time.”

 

Prior to the improvements, the boat ramp had deteriorated and there was a steep drop-off at the end of the ramp, which could damage boat trailers. The previous alignment of the boat ramp, combined with strong currents, made it difficult to launch and retrieve boats.

 

About Hendricks Bridge:

Hendricks Bridge boat ramp is located on the McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam. It is part of the larger 18-acre Hendricks Bridge Park east of Springfield on Highway 126 (38870 Hendricks Park Road, Springfield). The ramp typically averages 8,000 users per year; however, those numbers had decreased as the ramp deteriorated.

 

This section of river is popular with anglers, as well as floaters and paddlers and offers two popular river runs: Leaburg Dam to Hendricks Bridge, and Hendricks Bridge to Hayden Bridge.

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