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Old 08-19-2013, 06:18 PM
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Ramp Fix - Fill Hole

The ramp we normally use was closed by the state due to its condition. I was able to find a ramp on a private lot that the owner will allow me to launch my boat. Pretty nice ramp, you drive across grass and then the ramp is surrounded on both sides by bulkheads. My only issue is there is a good size hole on one side where the grass meets the sand. We made some ramps last weekend out of 4x4's. They worked ok, but it seamed a little dangerous since wood floats and we had to hold them in place while the boat was backed onto the ramps...not something I want to do each time I launch. The owner said I can fill in the hole with gravel. My question is, do you think gravel is the best material to fill this hole? Is there another rock that would both hold better and be easy to walk on? I don't have any pictures but I do have a google earth shot of the ramp layout. This is on a river and there is about a 4 ft tide change. I'm thinking with the bulkheads on both sides, the ramp is pretty protected and gravel might hold. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:18 PM
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:08 AM
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you can pour concrete under water. terrible surface finish but it does work. I once put in a floor under a foot of water.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:16 AM
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Watch out for the DNR they may not like you doing anything to the shore line without a permit. don't know the rules where you are but in Michigan they can be a real bear with permits and fines.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:06 AM
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If it's a private lot, the dnr will definitely crawl up ur butt on this. Boat houses and private launches on inland lakes are a no no. If you have one you can use it, but I don't think you're allowed to repair or keep them up, so when they're no longer usable, they're gone. Thats what a guy on my street said the dnr told him. I'd do it anyway, just be stealth like.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:38 AM
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if you're not comfortable with concrete, put in some big rocks first, then something like crush and run over top of it and keep some extra on hand for when it settles. If you don't bring a construction crew and heavy equipment, it seems like it will be hard for anyone to complain.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:49 AM
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If it's a private lot, the dnr will definitely crawl up ur butt on this. Boat houses and private launches on inland lakes are a no no. If you have one you can use it, but I don't think you're allowed to repair or keep them up, so when they're no longer usable, they're gone. Thats what a guy on my street said the dnr told him. I'd do it anyway, just be stealth like.
It's a state by state thing. Not the same everywhere. Lots of lakes here where building/maintaining a ramp is not an issue.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:04 PM
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It's a state by state thing. Not the same everywhere. Lots of lakes here where building/maintaining a ramp is not an issue.
I thought he said mi. That's where I am. I do know the dnr can be a real pain here.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:09 PM
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I think he is in Jersey- and he mentioned the river is tidal. Are there any tidal waters in michigan? ( I don't know if the great lakes are tidal)
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I think he is in Jersey- and he mentioned the river is tidal. Are there any tidal waters in michigan? ( I don't know if the great lakes are tidal)
I'm fairly certain there are tides in the great lakes
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