is located on the Sonoma Coast at an
existing boat launch facility adjacent to Bodega Harbor.
Bodega Harbor is located
at the northern
edge of Bodega
Bay. It is bounded
by Bodega Head to the north
and west and by a spit to the south
on which Doran Regional Park is located.
It is a soft-bottomed harbor with tidal mud flats and eelgrass beds. The bay supports California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, and many kinds of fish, including
ground fish, coastal
Pacific salmonids, and clam beds. On land, adjacent habitats
are mostly shoreline, saltgrass flats, and northern foredunes. The small community of Bodega Bay is to the east.
Bodega Harbor is used by recreational boaters and fishers
and by small commercial fishing
boats. Principal fishing catches include salmon, herring, various kinds of ground fish, and Dungeness crab. The mudflats
also provide clamming.
The harbor has three marinas with a total of approximately 450 berths
and four boat launches; one of the marinas and three of the boat ramps are operated by Regional Parks.
Doran Regional Park is a 127-acre
facility located on the spit between Bodega
Harbor and Bodega Bay that offers two miles of sandy beach, day use, and camping
facilities, as well as the boat launch, which is on the main channel through
Bodega Harbor. The existing 1-lane
boat launch has a boarding float on only one side. A parking
lot is located adjacent to the launch
and can handle 30 vehicles
with trailers. There
is a fish- cleaning station at one end of the parking
lot and hoses for boat washing at the other. Immediately northeast of the project site is a U.S. Coast Guard Station with its own boat launch.
The area for the proposed
Doran boat washdown
is located on the south
side of the road, approximately 250 feet east of the existing boat launch.
The area is sand leading up to a dunes community. The Cypress Day-use Area is located
on the same side of the road as the proposed boat washdown area and provides
entry to the beach on Bodega Bay. It has a parking lot for approximately 50 vehicles, picnic
tables, and restrooms.
Project and Purpose of Funding
of the proposed project
is to provide improved access,
amenities, and safety at boat launching
facilities in Bodega
Bay at Doran Beach Regional
Park. An assessment of existing site conditions has identified priority
upgrades. Specifically, work will improve:
- Ramp safety.
- Worn out parking lots.
- ADA access.
- Degraded/non-hygienic fish-cleaning stations.
- Boat-launch access at Westside.
At Doran, repairs
are needed to the ramp, entire boarding float system,
parking lot surface and drainage, fish-cleaning station, and boat washdown.
The concrete base of the boat ramp is stable,
but the surface has eroded, and safety grooves
are almost worn away in the critical
tire area. The boarding float
and piles are worn out; the parking lot has a broken and worn surface
on the eastern portion and is only dirt and gravel on the west side; and the striping
is almost entirely
worn away. Both east and west portions of the lot drain to a low point at the center, where it percolates into a gravel swale and through
the riprap. The boat washdown is adjacent to the center
dirt area where the parking
lot drains and is in an area that is both an exit lane from the east portion of the parking lot when it is full and may be used to position boat trailers
or unloading on the ramp, creating
use conflicts and increased accident potential. The problem is exacerbated by the worn parking lot striping
that provides inadequate guidance
on parking lot use. The existing
fish station is serviceable but has missing roof shingles
and a worn wooden
cleaning surface that does not meet current food handling standards.
the safety hazards
and degraded facilities described above, Regional Parks, with a grant from the California Division of Boating
and Waterways (DBW), proposes improvement of the boat launch
and supporting facilities. Specific improvements would include:
- Boat Ramp Refurbishment: The boat ramp would be resurfaced, probably by using precast
concrete planks. Worn out piles and boarding floats would be replaced. The replacement floating dock would begin with a gangway
a low-freeboard portion
for small boats and ADA access.
- Boat Washdown:
The boat washdown
would be moved out of the parking lot and across the street
for improved traffic flow and safety. The new location would be a pullout
from the east-bound lane across from the Coast Guard Station.
- Fish-cleaning Station:
The fish-cleaning station would
be repaired/upgraded, which would involve structural repair
or replacement, fish-cleaning surface replacement, and hose upgrades.
- Parking Area: The parking area would be resurfaced and restriped. Improvements may include features
such as raised islands of plants or vegetated swales. A pedestrian sidewalk would be added along the water side of the parking
lot for improved safety. The gravel parking
area immediately west of the currently paved area would also be surfaced
and striped. A vegetated swale for improved water retention
and filtration would be added in the center of the parking area between the existing
paved and gravel