Upcoming Access Areas Improvement Projects

Here is a list of proposed improvement projects for the department's access areas. Use the list to help you make plans for your next fishing outing.

Lake Fairlee

3795 VT Route 244, West Fairlee, VT 05045 | map

  • Project Date – 9/6/22 – 10/6/22 (approximate dates)
  • Project Purpose – Rebuild the existing ramp
  • Project Scope – This project will consist of the installation of a filter curtain within the lake to enclose the work area. The existing concrete ramp slabs will be pulled out and reset closer together to remove existing issues with the slabs separating.  The gravel berm just beyond the ramp will also be removed at this time. The site will also include new ADA parking and a accessible route to the ramp and dock.
  • Access Impact – Entire access area will be closed.

Marshfield Reservoir                                    

5121 US Route 2, Cabot, VT 05658 | map                             

  • Project Date – After Labor Day (exact date to be determined)
  • Project Purpose – Extend existing ramp and increase depth in front of the eastern shore fishing platform.
  • Project Scope – This project will consist of the placement of a filter curtain and coffer dam in the work area so contractors can complete all the work in a dry environment. The contractor will excavate the ramp area to achieve the desired slope then form and pour a reinforced concrete ramp. After the ramp is extended, the contractor will remove material around the front of the eastern short fishing platform and install large boulders to increase fishing opportunities and create habitat.
  • Access Impact – The western lobe of the access area will remain open but will have construction vehicles passing through.

Rock River                                                          

4220 US Route 7, Highgate, VT 05488 | map

  • Project Date – 9/26/22 – 10/2/22 (approximate dates)
  • Project Purpose – Install a new concrete ramp
  • Project Scope – The project will include placement of a filter curtain to enclose the work area in the river.  The contractor will excavate a portion of the river bottom, and install rails at the desired slope.  Once the rails are set, pre-cast, steel reinforced slabs will be slid in and connected to one another with steel plates. The concrete ramp will be completed with a perimeter stone apron to protect against future erosion.
  • Access Impact – Entire access area will be closed.

Joes Pond                                                           

3936 US Route 2 West, Danville, VT 05873 | map                        

  • Project Date – 10/3/22 – 10/31/22 (approximate dates)
  • Project Purpose – Rebuild and extend the ramp
  • Project Scope – This project will consist of the installation of a filter curtain and temporary coffer dam within the lake so contractors can complete all the work in a dry environment. The contractor will remove broken concrete debris and the existing end of the ramp, then extend the ramp at a steeper slope to allow for a deeper ramp.
  • Access Impact – Entire access area will be closed.

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