Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Augusta today dedicated the Robert Baurle Boat Ramp, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the river.
This facility includes the existing double wide 100’ ramp, gangway and dock, new single wide 100 ‘ ramp with ground out gangway to new courtesy dock, parking designed for 27 vehicles w/trailers, 3 handicapped parking spaces for vehicles w/trailers, spectator parking, 4 regular and 2 handicapped and grassed overflow parking, staging areas for tournament related activities. The area will be accessible to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This ramp area is one of more than 17 ramps being constructed around the state as part of the Go Fish Georgia Initiative. This initiative seeks to establish Georgia as a national fishing destination through a three-tiered approach: 1) improving the quality of fishing in Georgia waters; 2) improving access to water bodies for fishing in Georgia; and 3) increasing participation through active promotion and marketing of Georgia’s exceptional fishing resources.
There have been several participating people and agencies involved with the development of this area, including the Facility Design Team (Joe Guerry of Taylor & Associates led this group which included members of the Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government, DNR Fisheries staff, local business leaders and fishing groups); Augusta Engineering Department (Director Abie Ladson and staff), Alpha Construction Company, Gator Dock & Marine LLC and Ron Houck (Planning and Development Manager with Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department).