Public boat access site at Rose Lake closes for construction


The public boat access site at Rose Lake, a popular North Idaho panfish and catfish lake southeast of Fourth of July Pass, was closed on Saturday and will remain blocked to vehicles for about two months.

Fish and Game Department officials say major improvements to the site require the closure. The project involves converting the Rose Lake boat launch from a primitive site to a modern facility with expanded and closer parking, a new access road to the ramp, and a larger boat loading area, department spokesman Phil Cooper said. 

Paved ADA accessible parking will be built near the docks and ramps. Boaters will benefit from a new double-lane launch surface, a new boarding dock system and a boat preparation area, Cooper said.

Temporary small boat launches: Gravel ramp at Watson Road fishing access site.

Rich Landers

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