Boat Ramp Reopens
Public Access to Northernmost Everglades--Celebration Event Set for Sept.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2005
Rinker, Fish and Wildlife Service, 561-735-6029
Randy Smith, South Florida Water Management District, 561-682-6197,
Opening of new boat ramp at the northern end of the Arthur R. Marshall
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge (20-Mile Bend)
Representatives of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior (including the U.
S. Fish & Wildlife Service and A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife
Refuge); South Florida Water Management District; Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission; and the SFWMD Water Resources Advisory Commission
will gather along with local officials and other South Florida recreation
enthusiasts to celebrate opening of the boat ramp facilities
Friday, Sept. 30
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Northern entrance to the Refuge at 20-Mile Bend, off Southern Boulevard
in central Palm Beach County (see directions below)
Anglers, boaters, birders and other outdoor fans are expected to join with
government officials to celebrate the reopening of public access to the
northernmost Everglades ecosystem on Friday, Sept. 30.
To make way for the construction of a series of stormwater treatment areas
designed to help clean-up and restore the Everglades, an existing area
boat ramp was closed in 1997.
During construction, local boaters had to travel all the way to the
A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge main entrance, west
of Boynton, to launch.
In a joint commitment to once again provide northern access for the public,
Refuge and Water Management staff coordinated on plans for a replacement
boat ramp. The new facility now provides even greater recreational opportunities
with the addition of an adjacent fishing dock, a covered informational
kiosk and environmentally-friendly restrooms. There is a paved parking
lot and the ramp can accommodate two boats at once. Admission will cost
$5 per vehicle and the facility will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.
The South Florida Water Management District designed and constructed
the facility. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
will be responsible for on-going operation and management.
Directions: Take Southern Blvd/SR 80 to CR880. Turn south onto CR880 and
cross the iron bridge. Turn left immediately onto 20-Mile Bend Boat Ramp
Road. Travel east for .09 mile to Refuge entrance gate on south side of
road. Park along shoulder on north side of road. Shuttles will take you
to the event site.
For more information about
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov/southeast