Wash. RV Park Gets Marina Improvements

January 6, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Wash. RV Park Gets Marina Improvements

A well-loved park near Paterson will get marina improvements before opening to visitors this spring, the Tacoma, Wash., News Tribune reported

Port of Benton commissioners unanimously approved hiring Wesslen Construction of Spokane to build 10 new boat slips, widen the boat launch and add a fish-cleaning station and restrooms at Crow Butte Park marina for $720,000.

Time is of the essence, because all of the work in the Columbia River must be finished by the end of February becasue of regulatory permits, said Scott Keller, the port’s executive director.

Port officials have been working on the project for about two years. Keller said it’s taken time to get all of the permits in place.

Crow Butte features a campground with about 54 RV spaces that are full most of the summer, Keller said. The RVs can hook up to electricity, sewer and water.

The park is on a 1,500-acre island in the Columbia River, 12 miles west of Paterson on Highway 14.

The campground had 4,600 visitors in 2012, according to port records. The day use and picnic area had 1,115 visitors, while the boat launch had 1,875 visitors. Final 2013 numbers are not available yet.

Port officials plan to continue to look for grants to improve the park, Keller said. Once the capital projects are done, the park will be close to breaking even.

The port took over management of the park in 2007. The state built the park on Army Corps of Engineers land about 35 years ago, but in 2002 announced that it would let the lease lapse to save money.

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