We've waited long enough for new boat launch !
The Alaska Boating Association, definitely supports more boating access to the Susitna River drainage.
The 1987 legislation that created the Willow Creek State Recreation Area recognized the high demand for a boat launch there. It anticipated that a launch facility would complement development of the campground, day-use parking and bank angling.
The 1989 Willow Creek SRA Master Plan, in response to public demand, highly recommended a boat launch at Willow Creek. After years of waiting, the boating association began to direct attention toward the need for additional launch facilities.
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Hovercraft to fill in for road link
Sparks will fly soon in a Seattle boatyard as welders start building a new $8.8 million hovercraft for King Cove, the isolated Alaska Peninsula fishing town that received federal funding for the boat instead of a road to nearby Cold Bay.
The 95-foot-long vessel, built with an appropriation backed by Sen. Ted Stevens several years ago, will float over 6-foot seas on a cushion of air. It will carry nearly 50 passengers, two wheelchairs and 23 tons of inbound groceries or outbound fish. It should be able to haul an ambulance and ailing King Cove resident to a medical evacuation flight in Cold Bay in 90 minutes, a trip that now can take days due to weather delays.
But while the vessel purchase order is a milestone in King Cove's 25-year quest for better access to emergency medical care and a boost to its economy, the news hasn't caused much celebration in the village of 725, said Mayor Henry Mack.
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