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Kent Island Boat Ramps Re-Open For Boating Season

Queen Anne’s County, Md. (June 11, 2010) — Public boat ramps on Thompson Creek and Shipping Creek have re-opened following major renovations. Both of these popular boat ramps are located on Kent Island and have been closed since January for repairs.

The Thompson Creek Ramp was widened and has a new ADA accessible boarding pier. The Shipping Creek ramp was expanded and now has two launching lanes with a center boarding pier. The last major improvements to these facilities were made over 20 years ago. The ramps opened in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“Thompson Creek is a very popular public boat launch area. The county is excited about these projects since it will make the ramps easier to use and allow larger boats to launch from the facilities. We are pleased the ramps are open in time for the crabbing season. I really think that the boating public will be happy with the new ramps,” said Gus Gartner, public landings supervisor for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The cost of repairs to the ramps was shared by DNR’s Waterway Improvement Fund and Queen Anne’s County. The Waterway Improvement Fund is financed by the 5 percent excise tax paid when a boat is titled in Maryland. The total cost for the Thompson Creek project was $184,855. The Shipping Creek ramp renovations totaled $191,250.

“Governor O’Malley, the Maryland General Assembly and the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognize the importance of providing public boating access to Maryland’s waterways,” said Bob Gaudette, director of DNR’s Boating Service. “We are happy to provide the County Commissioners with State Waterway Improvement Funds for these worthwhile projects.”

   June 11, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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