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Contact: Tim Cruze, 806-857-3151
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area is announcing the closure of the Sanford Yake Boat Ramp and Parking Area due to damages sustained in the parking lot and the constant eroding of the Permian Red-Bed bank beside the existing boat ramp. Effective Monday, February 5, 2018, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area has closed the site to the visiting public for safety and rehabilitation.
Closure should continue until the end of March just before the start of the popular crappie season. Heavy machinery will be brought in to address the damage to the parking area and the erosion issues that affect the hill to the left of the boat ramp.
During this time, work will consist of two phases: (1.) Terracing the sloping Permian Red-Bed formation with different levels to stop the erosion onto the boat ramp and parking area. This work will widen the existing boat ramp making it easier for launching boats. (2.) The parking area is damaged due to water erosion that has undercut the paving surface creating a very large depression. Gravel will be brought in and continuously packed and repacked to provide a flat and stable surface.
During this time, David Wright, owner of Wright-On Bait, Tackle and Watercraft Rental will be opening his shop on March 1, 2018. Located at the top of the Sanford Yake Boat Ramp you will find his shop open. Inside he has available to visitors, a variety of bait including minnows, shrimp and worms. Mr. Wright also has a selection of fishing tackle, drinks and snacks. The number is 806-865-3131. The public will be allowed to visit Wright-On Bait, Tackle and Watercraft Rental. Jersey barriers will be placed just below his shop as work continues on this important project.