Increasing River Access
2:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

DNR Funds Rhinelander Boat Landing

The city of Rhinelander is getting funds to pay for a new boat landing.  

The City of Rhinelander plans to build a boat landing on a stretch of the Wisconsin River that's relatively undeveloped.
The City of Rhinelander plans to build a boat landing on a stretch of the Wisconsin River that's relatively undeveloped.
Credit Joshua Mayer

More than $400,000 are coming in from DNR and federal grants.  City Parks and Grounds Director Gunder Paulson says the launch will be at the site of an old DNR ranger station.

“We’re calling this the Boyce Drive boat landing.  It’s right by Shephard  Park.  And it’s at the confluence of the Pelican and Wisconsin Rivers.  Very beautiful spot.”

The project will consist of piers and a paved boat launch area.  It will also include bathrooms and a parking lot. 

The city must still pay about fifteen percent of the total project costs.  But Paulson says it will allow boaters to take advantage of a beautiful and under-used stretch of the Wisconsin River. 

“You know when it’s all said and done, the out of pocket $75,000 dollars from the city to get a half a million dollar project is I think quite a windfall.  I think it’ll be very nice, and well-used.”

The DNR will demolish the old ranger station.  City officials plan to break ground in the spring, and hope have the launch ready for use about a year from now.

There will be a five-dollar fee per use of the boat launch to pay for ongoing maintenance.