WENATCHEE - The boat launch at Wenatchee’s Riverfront Park is getting an upgrade soon. The Chelan PUD-owned-and-operated launch will close Sept. 30 for seven weeks. 

“We wanted to get the word out now so boaters can plan for using other nearby launches during the work,” Chelan PUD Parks Manager Ryan Baker said. “We understand that fall is a great time for being on the river, and we appreciate the community’s patience during this work to improve the launch.”

The upgrade work will cost about $602,000.

The work includes a new fish-friendly dock, rebuilding and extending the eroded launch ramp and removing sediment from the boat basin so the launch is accessible at lower river levels. A gangway will connect the new dock to the ramp. The dock design and materials allow more light into the water to reduce the opportunity for predator fish to hide in the shadows.

During the closure, boaters can use the free launch at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park, just south of East Wenatchee, or pay to launch at Confluence State Park.

Plans are to reopen the Riverfront Park boat launch by mid-November.

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