In January 2023, the City began a project to replace the boat ramp at Maupin City Park.
The City Park Boat Ramp is a publicly accessible boat ramp that provides access to the Lower Deschutes River for boaters. The surrounding park includes an RV and tent campground, picnic area, flush toilets, showers, and a SCAT system. The boat ramp has been in disrepair for a number of years due to its age, damage from flooding, and the amount of use.
The City received a grant from Oregon State Marine Board and hired a consultant to design an environmentally sustainable solution to improve the boat ramp and make it more accessible for all river users. The boat ramp is a critical part of Maupin’s outdoor recreation economy used by outfitters and the public year-round. The boat ramp can also be used in case of emergencies on the river. The project partners include OSMB, BLM Prineville, and state agencies. Funding will be needed to move the project forward. The City will apply for a second grant to fund the engineering and permitting, and then will need to apply for for a third grant funding for construction.