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STONE LAKES NWR: Dock Launching Facility Facilitates Canoe and Kayak Program
Region 8, June 12, 2009
Dock launching facility at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for new public access to waterways for wildlife observation, interpretation and photography. - USFWS
Dock launching facility at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for new public access to waterways for wildlife observation, interpretation and photography. - USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Gangway and platform of new dock launching facility at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for new public access to waterways for wildlife observation, interpretation and photography. - USFWS
Gangway and platform of new dock launching facility at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for new public access to waterways for wildlife observation, interpretation and photography. - USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

by Amy Hopperstad, Stone Lakes NWR
As part of its expansion of visitor use programs that provide opportunities for wildlife observation, interpretation and photography, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge contracted a design-build floating dock and gangway to facilitate a new canoe & kayak program in the summer of 2009. The $77,600 floating dock contract was awarded to Combined Effort, who constructed the 20’ x 20’ low-rise dock and accessible gangway to accommodate the launching of non-motorized watercraft.  

 

The project is located on the North Stone Lake Unit in Turtle Pond, which is a small inlet on a secluded slough that comprises the north-western boarder of the refuge.  The Turtle Pond launching facility is adjacent to the accessible trail entrance leading to a wildlife viewing platform overlooking managed seasonal wetlands.  For the first time, visitors will be able to access a historic dredged area of Lower Beach Lake and paddle a two-mile stretch of riparian habitat offering quiet views of river otters, herons, hawks and many other riparian species.  After the summer canoe & kayak program closes for the winter, the site will continue to provide opportunities for environmental education and interpretation to local schools and community groups until the program resumes in June.

Contact Info: Amy Hopperstad, (916) 775-4421, amy_hopperstad@fws.gov