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Posted by rstroede
8/16/2017 1:56 PM
Hello All,

My name is Robert Stroede and I am the Conservation Manager for the Union Sportsmen's Alliance a non-profit conservation organization made up of skilled union trades members uniting to protect and enhance the future of conservation. We are currently seeking a project in the Chattanooga area that can be of substantial impact to the area. Our members use raised funds along with volunteer labor to conduct a variety of projects from infrastructure to outreach. One of the most common projects that we undertake is the construction or refurbishing of public fishing piers. Does anyone know of a public fishing pier that is in disrepair or a location that is in need of a pier to increase public access to a waterbody.

Any and all input is appreciated. If you have a suggestion please provide detailed location information so that we can evaluate the request.

Visit us on facebook to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen

Thanks,

Rob

Edited by rstroede 8/16/2017 1:56 PM
Posted by Hook1
8/17/2017 6:48 AM
The ones I know of are in State Parks. Don't know if you'd be able to just show up and work on them????
Posted by rstroede
8/17/2017 8:12 AM
We work directly with the parks system, fish and wildlife agencies, city, state, and federal governments when we do projects. We identify projects and then work with the entity to meet their needs. We are currently just soliciting input in regards to possible projects.
Posted by Hook1
8/17/2017 8:20 AM
Well in that case I know of 3 that definitely need attention. Those are Wolftever creek boat ramp, Booker T Washington boat ramp, and Harrison Bay boat ramp. All of these have docks that could be in MUCH better shape. Especially since they're state parks.
Posted by JEEPnFISH
8/17/2017 8:44 AM
I know the pier at Wolftever has some boards popped loose.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
8/17/2017 9:15 AM
a bigger/better courtesy dock at wolftever would be great
Posted by Aries 181
8/17/2017 10:01 AM
FishingwithRusty - 8/17/2017 10:15 AM

a bigger/better courtesy dock at wolftever would be great

You're right Rusty. I would start using that ramp if the dock was longer/better shape
Posted by fischnrod
8/17/2017 10:02 AM
The dock at Armstrong road boat ramp in Soddy Creek has been destroyed by boat traffic and needs to be replaced as there is no place to dock your boat to park your vehicle.

Edited by fischnrod 8/17/2017 10:05 AM
Posted by porthos33
8/17/2017 1:10 PM

Aries 181 - 8/17/2017 11:01 AM
FishingwithRusty - 8/17/2017 10:15 AM a bigger/better courtesy dock at wolftever would be great
You're right Rusty. I would start using that ramp if the dock was longer/better shape

 +1 on this, It's kinda ridiculous how small Wolftever is for the amount of traffic it gets

Posted by JEEPnFISH
8/17/2017 3:13 PM
I would like to take my kayak out there but I'm afraid its too busy even if I hugged the banks.
Posted by Ericb
8/24/2017 1:50 PM
Below nickajack dam, no dock at all.
Posted by rstroede
9/25/2017 1:21 PM
We have noticed several responses to this thread involving Wolftever Boat Ramp. Anyone who could provide specific details about what repairs or improvements need to be made at this location would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Springmillvol
9/25/2017 2:04 PM
My vote would be for a dock of some sort @ skull island
Posted by R-boatless
9/25/2017 10:37 PM
I wish that our bigger ramps: HBSP, CF, even skull island; would implement a sand beach system. I would never tie up to a dock, if I could beach the boat. But, as of now, this is not an option because of rocks and even rip rap. Just a thought.
Posted by Mr. S
9/25/2017 10:55 PM
The Waconda Bay TWRA boat ramp has no docking at all. This launch is located off of TN Hwy. 58 at the intersection of Bayshore Dr. and Waconda Point Rd.
Posted by SlabDog
10/4/2017 6:29 PM
The Wolftever launch ramp dock needs to be much longer and totally redone. It's barely usable after the water goes down.
Posted by porthos33
10/6/2017 7:54 PM
SlabDog - 10/4/2017 7:29 PM The Wolftever launch ramp dock needs to be much longer and totally redone. It's barely usable after the water goes down.
This is the truth!  Make it longer so that more boats at one time can access it for sure!
Posted by derek81
10/6/2017 8:59 PM
Wolftever dock needs to be extended at least double the length and add more cleats.
Posted by SlabDog
10/7/2017 7:51 PM
The Wolftever launch ramp has 68 parking places for towing vehicle with trailers. The dock is totally ridicules with that much potential traffic. I don't go there because of the Dock. The ramp is one of the best around, even in winter, though it is a bit narrow and good for only 2 boats at a time if both parties know how to back a trailer. Here's a couple of pics that will show you what I mean. This is during winter level. You can see from the last photo (Google Maps) the parking is good and almost full on the day the last photo was taken. 

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Posted by fischnrod
10/8/2017 7:40 AM
It sure would be nice to have a dock at Armstrong road ramp in Soddy Creek
Posted by Oldman
10/8/2017 8:09 AM
yes it would rod
Posted by SlabDog
10/9/2017 7:46 AM
Is this where you're talking about on Armstrong? It looks small, especially the parking. How many can that place handle? I thought there was a really nice new ramp up there. Holly Road or something like that.





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Posted by fischnrod
10/10/2017 6:54 PM
That's it, see the pole and concrete slab beside the ramp. That was a floating dock at one time but it got tore up by all the boat traffic one 4th of July. It can handle at least 10 or 12 and more on the other side of the road. Several of the FLW guys use it when they are in town . Holly circle ramp is a joke if you fish alone you have to get wet and back your truck up to the tailpipes to get off the trailer.

Edited by fischnrod 10/10/2017 6:55 PM
Posted by SlabDog
10/10/2017 8:07 PM

fischnrod - 10/10/2017 7:54 PM That's it, see the pole and concrete slab beside the ramp. That was a floating dock at one time but it got tore up by all the boat traffic one 4th of July. It can handle at least 10 or 12 and more on the other side of the road. Several of the FLW guys use it when they are in town . Holly circle ramp is a joke if you fish alone you have to get wet and back your truck up to the tailpipes to get off the trailer.

 I've heard leaving Soddy creek after the 4th July fireworks is crazy with all the boats that go up to soddy lake to watch them. Who in their right mind would put a ramp in where you had to back up so far to get a boat off a trailer? That's pretty crazy too. I looked at it on Google maps and it looks like a really nice place. sounds like the TWRA screwed the pooch on that one. That's a heck of a lot of money to be wasted like that.

Posted by fischnrod
10/11/2017 8:08 AM
It's nice if you have a fishing partner to back you in the water and park the truck but it's hard to do it alone , the parking is on a fairly steep sloped lot so the walk to and from the tow vehicle is a task if your disabled like some of us
Posted by Jpull
10/11/2017 8:48 AM
I mostly fish solo and often use the Armstrong Road ramp and agree with other comments about limited parking and no courtesy dock. The biggest issue there for me lately though has been cars parked in the trailer parking area with no trailers. Don't know if they're fishing partners, dock workers or what, but they take up what little space is available. That combined with a load of gravel dumped in one parking space that's been there nearly all summer leaves room for only about 4 or 5 trailers on the ramp-side of the road. Is it just me or do some of the "dock repair companies" take advantage of public access ramps. I fish mostly during the week so don't know if this is a problem on weekends.

And the Holly Road ramp; great overall facility. Plenty of parking, clean and a safe place to leave your truck parked. But who on earth designed that boat ramp? I have to wade out to my knees to get my boat off the trailer summer and winter. Great for two people, sucks by yourself.

My 2 cents worth,
Posted by SlabDog
10/11/2017 10:20 AM

Jpull - 10/11/2017 9:48 AM I mostly fish solo and often use the Armstrong Road ramp and agree with other comments about limited parking and no courtesy dock. The biggest issue there for me lately though has been cars parked in the trailer parking area with no trailers. Don't know if they're fishing partners, dock workers or what, but they take up what little space is available. That combined with a load of gravel dumped in one parking space that's been there nearly all summer leaves room for only about 4 or 5 trailers on the ramp-side of the road. Is it just me or do some of the "dock repair companies" take advantage of public access ramps. I fish mostly during the week so don't know if this is a problem on weekends. And the Holly Road ramp; great overall facility. Plenty of parking, clean and a safe place to leave your truck parked. But who on earth designed that boat ramp? I have to wade out to my knees to get my boat off the trailer summer and winter. Great for two people, sucks by yourself. My 2 cents worth,

 I agree about the Holly Road ramp. Somebody didn't have a clue. It's like they built it at the shallowest angle they could find. If it had been installed at the opposite end of the parking lot towards the point where the bank is steeper it would have been a great ramp. What a waste of money.

Posted by Allison2002
10/27/2017 4:32 PM
What about Skull Island boat ramp no dock there for boaters to tie to.It would be nice.
Posted by jonboatin
10/27/2017 10:28 PM
well IMO, any vessel, kayak, paddle board, bass boat, pontoon, or houseboat should be paying a fee for "access" to a specific fund to help maintain and build ramp and dock access.
Posted by JEEPnFISH
10/28/2017 8:03 AM
One place I know that does charge a launch fee is Kings Slough at Parksville. $3 .
Posted by fischnrod
10/28/2017 8:11 AM
jonboatin - 10/27/2017 11:28 PM

well IMO, any vessel, kayak, paddle board, bass boat, pontoon, or houseboat should be paying a fee for "access" to a specific fund to help maintain and build ramp and dock access.


We most likely do when we buy our fishing license
Posted by JEEPnFISH
10/28/2017 8:15 AM
$34 licence cost for state wide license is a lot, so you could be right. Next year I'm just getting the Hamilton county licence, I only fished outside the county once.
Posted by TOMMY 20RXD
10/28/2017 9:11 PM
It's not just the ramps, look at the boat docks they just suck. If you fish in the winter time try using the dock at Wolftever. This is one of the most used dock on Chickmauga Lake and the one at Harrison Bay sucks. Where is our money being spent?
Posted by camaro88z
10/28/2017 10:07 PM
I agree about Holly circle ramp. I don't agree to pay to use ramp. License fee and my tax dollars should cover that.
Posted by porthos33
10/31/2017 12:23 AM

JEEPnFISH - 10/28/2017 9:03 AM One place I know that does charge a launch fee is Kings Slough at Parksville. $3 .

 All the ramps to Parksville are in the cherokee national forest and they all charge to park. 

Posted by silvertalon
12/1/2017 5:29 PM
About a year ago, or so, Hamilton Co received 20K in funding for park improvements. I continue to see barriers and skirting hanging from the docks and protruding out into the lake. Still no effort to fill in the ramp drop-offs for safe launching in low water. In 2016, they used to scrape the algae off the ramps with a blade/tractor, as this crap is slicker than Ice. I slipped and tore an ACL loading out in a CBA last year as, 2017 didn't warrant this important safety prevention- I guess due to funding? They had no problem with raising our county real taxes this year.
Posted by Aries 181
12/2/2017 1:29 AM
JEEPnFISH - 10/28/2017 9:15 AM

$34 licence cost for state wide license is a lot, so you could be right. Next year I'm just getting the Hamilton county licence, I only fished outside the county once.

You better read up on the county license before buying. Only worms and crickets (live bait) is legal. No other live bait or lures of any kind.

Bill

Edited by Aries 181 12/2/2017 1:41 AM
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