Knights Landing Boat Launch Improvement Project

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Knights Landing Boat Launch Improvement Project

Construction Update

The site will be closed to the public from July 27, 2020 through October 30, 2020

Knights Landing

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The Yolo County Parks Division operates and maintains the Knights Landing Boat Launch facility on behalf of the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife under a long-term lease agreement. Plans to upgrade the property and site amenities have been in the works for over fifteen years. Most recently, in 2017, the County secured grant funding from the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) and supplemental funding from the Sport Fish Restoration Program to implement the long-awaited improvements. County staff have been working with federal and state permitting agencies over the last several years to obtain the required permits. All permits were received in 2019 and construction work is scheduled to commence on June 1, 2020 (see “Construction schedule” below).  

Project Summary

Currently, the Knights Landing Boat Launch facility primarily consists of a large parking lot, concrete boat ramp, and porta-potty restrooms. The proposed improvements are designed to enhance the visitor experience and will cut down on ramp queue times since two boats will be able to launch/return at the same time. Major improvements for this project include:

  • Widening the existing concrete boat ramp
  • Replacing existing floating dock with a gangway and boarding float allowing access on both sides
  • New permanent restroom
  • New water well and utility hook-ups for a park host
  • Chip seal and restriping of parking lot, and new ADA parking stalls
  • Placing riprap along the bank of Sycamore Slough to minimize erosion
  • Planting new vegetation
  • Removing old wooden dock pilings and concrete debris from Sycamore Slough

Construction Schedule

Construction will occur in two general phases: out-of-water work (restrooms, parking lot, water well, etc.) and in-water work (boat ramp widening, placing rip rap along the bank, removing concrete debris from slough, etc.). Out-of-water work is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2020 and continue through October 30, 2020. In-water work is scheduled to begin on August 1 and continue through October 15, 2020. State and federal permits only allow in-water work from August 1-October 15, thus our construction window is extremely tight. The Knights Landing Boat Launch facility is scheduled to remain open through July 26, 2020. The facility will be closed to the public from July 27, 2020 to October 30, 2020. If it becomes apparent during the construction process that modifications to the schedule are necessary, we will update accordingly.

 Construction Activity  Dates (2020)  Facility Open or Closed to Public?
 Out-of-water construction begins  June 1 - July 26  OPEN
 Site prep for in-water construction  July 27 - July 30  CLOSED
 In-water construction  August 1 - October 15  CLOSED
 Finish out-of-water construction  October 16 - October 30  CLOSED
 Facility opens to public  October 31 and beyond  OPEN