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The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that the Alaska Division of Parks wants to build a boat ramp near the mouth of Willow Creek on the Susitna River. The $1.2 million facility would allow boaters to launch in calm water off the main Big Su.

"a state-funded study by HDR Alaska Inc. found a safe launch could be built by excavating a basin nearly 300 feet long just downstream from the mouth of Willow Creek. The 4-foot-deep basin, 50 feet wide, would include a single-lane, 100-foot-long concrete ramp for boaters to wheel their boats into the water.

The basin would allow boaters to launch into calm water, and then get up to speed before hitting the fast-flowing current of the Susitna River. Previous plans called for launching directly into the swift current, which concerned state officials. The $25,500 study, finished this winter, also recommends regular removal of snags just downstream from the launch site that pose a hazard to boaters."

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