Tree causes boating hazard, closing launch site

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A boating hazard has closed a Douglas County boat launch.

The boat ramp at Boulder Flat Campground on the North Umpqua River is temporarily closed because of a large tree that is fully spanning the river.

The tree is between Boulder Flat and Eagle Rock campgrounds.

The next downriver launch site is located at Marsters Bridge, west of Eagle Rock Campground.

The tree is scheduled to be moved on Friday, May 17, by a contractor with specialized equipment who has removed several boating hazards on the North Umpqua.

Forest Service officials plan on re-opening the boat ramp in time for the weekend of May 18.

The tree will be re-positioned to eliminate the boating hazard, while still providing habitat for important salmon and steelhead in the river.

Officials say another large tree is fully spanning the river below Soda Springs Dam. It will take the agency longer to deal with it.

To check on the status of the Boulder Flat boat ramp or tree below Soda Springs Dam, you can call the North Umpqua Ranger District at 541-496-3532.