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Point Of Rocks Boating Access Facility Reopens

Point of Rocks, Md. (October 31, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed the reconstruction and relocation of the Point of Rocks boating access facility.

“This project will not only benefit anglers and the boating public, but will also help foster an appreciation of the environment for those who use the Point of Rocks boating access facility,” said Bob Gaudette, DNR’s Director of Boating Services. “Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly strongly support waterway improvement projects that both create jobs and improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Before and after photo of the boat ramp

Point of Rocks boating access facility is located in Frederick County within the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park and provides access to the Potomac River. The new location is approximately 900 feet downstream from the old facility and allows boaters easier access to the river using a new two-lane concrete boat ramp. The newly updated, ADA compliant facility also includes a comfort station, 24 trailer parking spaces, 18 additional car parking spaces and a stormwater management system.

The total cost of the project was $853,345. Federal stimulus funding provided $545,430 toward the project. DNR contributed $280,000, which included $172,500 in federal Sport Fish Restoration – Boating Access funding and $107,500 in State Waterway Improvement funds. The remaining $27,915 was contributed by NPS.

Administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Sport Fish Restoration Fund is derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. A portion of this ‘user-pay, user-benefit’ program assists in funding public recreational motor boat projects. The State Waterway Improvement Fund is derived from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland. The State Waterway Improvement Program has funded more than 4,500 grant projects since the program’s inception in 1966, valued in excess of $300 million in the development of over 300 public boating access sites statewide.

“For many years visitors to the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the Potomac River boat ramp at Point of Rocks, Maryland found a facility with limited parking and difficult access,” said Dan Copenhaver, Chief of Preservation and Project Management Division for the C&O National Historical Park. “Thanks in large part to the partnership between the National Park Service, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, park visitors and boaters are enjoying numerous improvements. A new concrete ramp, paved parking lot and comfort stations all provide visitors with a much improved experience. Were it not for the long-standing state/federal partnership, this project could not have been accomplished.”


   October 31, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov