National Group Honors Rhinelander Boat Landing

Posted on 10/19/2016 2:56 PM


The States Organization for Boating Access recently presented an Outstanding Project Award to the City, DNR and MSA.
The States Organization for Boating Access recently presented an Outstanding Project Award to the City, DNR and MSA.

The City of Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s new Boyce Drive Boat Landing provides recreational opportunities to the popular Wisconsin and Pelican Rivers. This recreational asset benefits the boating, fishing and recreating public with increased accessibility to the water. A national organization recently recognized the new facility with an award.

The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the 2016 Outstanding Project Award (Small Access Category) to the City of Rhinelander, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and MSA Professional Services (MSA), Rhinelander, for the boat landing at its recent conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. MSA designed the project. Ann Loechler, community services specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and James Bollmann, P.E., MSA, accepted the award.

Pictured from left to right are Bollmann, SOBA President Ron Christofferson and Ann Loechler, DNR. 

The City of Rhinelander, DNR’s Recreational Boating Facilities Program (RBF) and the Federal Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program joined forces to finance and build the much-needed facility.

Prior to construction of the Boyce Drive Boat Landing, only one landing existed in the City of Rhinelander serving the Wisconsin and Pelican Rivers with only roadside parking and a large boulder at the end of the ramp.

New Facility

“The boat launch provides a new, functional, ADA-compliant, economically sustainable and aesthetically pleasing boat launch project for the City of Rhinelander,” said Bollmann, who works out of MSA’s Rhinelander office.  

 The boat landing is located at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Pelican Rivers. This parcel of land was previously leased to the DNR for a Ranger Station that had been vacated.   MSA’s design followed Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources guidelines that incorporate SOBA guidelines.

 Improvements included construction of the following: 

  • New boat launch ramp
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant boarding dock and restroom facility
  • New driveway and parking area for cars and trailers
  • Infiltration basin for storm water runoff and provision for both short- and long-term erosion control for the site
  • Redevelopment of City property

 For information about boat landings, contact James Bollmann.

 


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