The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in partnership with the City and Borough of Juneau recently constructed a new recreational boating facility in Statter Harbor of Auke Bay which offers a double-lane boat launch ramp, boarding float, 100 trailer parking spaces, and 84 vehicle parking spaces. It replaced an old ramp originally constructed in the 1960’s and upgraded into the 1980’s. The old facility could not be upgraded to address the needs of traffic flow, parking, pedestrian safety and ramp function at low tides. Juneau is surrounded by the ocean so recreational marine boating and sport fishing are important pastimes. Many boats do not have marina slips and are trailered to one of a few boat ramps on the Juneau road system, and a popular location is Statter Harbor. First use of the boat launch was in August 2016 for a salmon fishing derby. Final construction elements will be complete by spring 2017.
This multi-million dollar project was funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Program and non-federal partners.