Spring chinook anglers: Boat ramp closure might be an inconvenience

Spring chinook anglers: Boat ramp closure might be an inconvenience
The M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp at Northeast 43rd and Marine Drive is closed until June. Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A popular boat ramp on the Columbia River remains closed and that might put a damper on anglers' plans to head out for some spring chinook fishing.

The M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp at Northeast 43rd and Marine Drive has been closed since January so the parking area can be paved, and crews can do some stormwater improvements and put in new restrooms.

"Construction continues to stay on schedule and we have had great weather on our side," Metro construction supervisor Lydia Neill said in a news release.

The boat ramp is not expected to reopen until June and that means boaters who normally shove off from there for their spring chinook runs will have to find another place to go.

The best alternative is Chinook Landing Marine Park at 22300 N.E. Marine Drive, across from Blue Lake Regional Park.

The funding for the project at the Gleason boat ramp is coming from Metro, the Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Crews are going green with this project - solar panels will be installed on the restrooms and all of the asphalt from the old parking lot is being recycled for the new paving, for example.

There will also be a boat washing station to help get rid of invasive species.