Reconstruction of the Congamond Lakes South Ramp facility in Southwick is finished.
Southwick’s Congamond Lakes are one of the most popular places to go boating in Western Massachusetts. It will now be much easier for boats to access the waters with the newly rebuilt south ramp.
The Baker-Polito Administration provided $319,000 in capital funds for reconstruction and new boarding floats at the facility.
Reconstruction has made the south ramp much wider, accommodating bigger boats, and making it easier for boaters to get in and out of the water.
The original ramp was built in the 1960s, designed for much smaller boats. Lake management chairman Richard Grannells told 22News the old ramp wasn’t the safest way to get into the water, “Because it was an absolute flat surface of concrete, you could slide on it, if you stepped on it or had your vehicle on it you could slide in.”
That’s something you won’t have to worry about on the new ramp. The new design has ridges built into the ramp, creating more traction to help prevent people from sliding off the ramp.
Stephen Americk, a Southwick resident, told 22News he like the improvements, “I think the new ramp is nice, it’s a good improvement to the boat launch. I know the bass fishermen tell me it’s a lot easier to launch their boats. They did a great job.”
The site has 18 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers, and will now be fully staffed seven days a week during peak season.