SBFC Rebuilds Indian Creek Boat Ramp

From September 1 through 8, the SBFC led the effort to reconstruct the iconic Indian Creek Boat Ramp on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The previous ramp constructed in 2006 fell victim to exposure and wood rot after supporting countless rafts on the seventy-five foot descent from the public air strip to the river. Re-bar and broken sill logs signaled the time for a new ramp and the Forest Service asked the SBFC to lead the project. The SBFC recruited ten volunteers from Idaho, Montana and Colorado to replace the ramp in its entirety, effectively installing a brand new boat ramp. The work consisted of manually deconstructing and hauling the old ramp to an off-site location, then reinstalling each new step and slide log by hand. 12,000 lbs. of timber was moved by hand during the demolition and reinstallation.

No power tools or mechanical devices were used during this project. Instead, traditional tools such as auger drills, cross-cut saws, double jack hammers and volunteer elbow grease provided all the power required for a project of this magnitude.

This project was made possible by funding provided by the Southwest Idaho RAC. The SBFC would like to thank the Salmon-Challis National Forest for its support of the project and all our hearty volunteers for donating your time and energy to accomplish such a challenging project.

You can check out a photo gallery of the project on our Facebook page.

For a full list of all of this year's accomplishments, please go to our Projects page and browse through the full list of our 2012 work.