Sunshine Bay boat launch renovations completed

The West Arm Outdoors Club has finished re-decking the boat launch at Sunshine Bay on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

The West Arm Outdoors Club has finished re-decking the boat launch at Sunshine Bay on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

The project was partially completed last year and finished in mid June through the collective efforts of club members. The work party finished the decking, re-anchored exterior floats and improved ramp access. All the lumber for the second phase of the project was donated by the local mill, Harrop-Procter Forest Products, which is part of the local community forest operations.

The boat launch is maintained by the club and was donated to the Regional District of Central Kootenay as part of their Sunshine Bay Regional Park facilities.

The club is progressing with its next project, re-establishing a fishing wharf at the site of the former Procter Wharf near the outlet to the main body of Kootenay Lake. The platform and walkways will be wheelchair accessible and user-friendly, enabling those without boat access to enjoy quality fishing opportunities. Young anglers are a particular focus of the project, which will see initial construction begin later this summer during the fisheries window.

Once completed, the fishing platform will be an integral part of the outlet community. The cost of the project is approximately $80,000. A number of organizations are contributing funding towards the project.

The West Arm Outdoors Club meets most months on Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. at the Harrop Hall. All area residents are invited to join the club.