CLINTON — Like many boaters in Clinton, Tom Brown avoids using the boat ramp at 25th Avenue North.

The location may be convenient, but the gaping pot holes where the reubar sticks up make it a danger to boat trailers.

After two years of working with Clinton officials to find the funds needed to give the ramp a facelift, Brown’s efforts have paid off. Construction will begin Oct. 12 and run through the end of November.

“It's atrocious,” said Brown, a longtime boater and fisherman. “There have been probably five instances that I'm aware of where guys have torn their trailers up.”

According to city engineer Jason Craft, the new ramp will be 15 feet longer and eight feet wider. The project will cost the city $200,000.

It’s a cost that Brown says is necessary.

In the past, fishing tournaments held in Clinton have generated around $25,000 for the city. Not having enough quality ramps to accommodate tournaments would deter sponsors from choosing Clinton, Brown said.

The ramp has also been a prime destination for walleye fishermen because of its proximity to the dam, which is a hot bed for walleye. Now, fishermen use the south ramp and travel up the river because they fear damaging their trailers.

“The reason all those boats are (at Ninth Avenue North) is because people don't want to ruin their trailers,” Brown said.

Craft said the plan is to remove all the concrete and completely rebuild the ramp. The new ramp will extend further into the water and have three lanes.

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