Work Starts Monday On Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Project at North Cascades National Park

Work is scheduled to being next week on improvements to the Stehekin Ferry Landing in North Cascades National Park Complex. NPS photo.

Work on what is described as the "most notable improvement to the Stehekin Ferry Landing in almost 40 years" in North Cascades National Park Complex begins Monday.

The construction work is part of a $2 million project to improve the access to Stehekin in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area that's part of the overall park complex.

Here's how the tentative construction schedule looks:

Week of February 21 - Mobilize crew to Stehekin, start driving piles.

Week of February 28 - Continue driving piles.

Week of March 7 - Finish driving piles. Begin bulkhead repair.

Week of March 14 - Begin concrete work.

Park officials say ferry service and access to the ferry landing in Stehekin will be maintained throughout construction. The Stehekin Landing Resort will maintain lunch service this winter on days the ferry travels to Stehekin and full service this summer. You can find more details on Stehekin Landing Resort services, including the 2011 Schedule, at www.stehekinlanding.com.

The Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Improvement Project will install a fixed walkway along the western bulkhead of the existing boat launch/winter Ferry Landing, including new pilings. Construction should be completed by early June.

“We want people to come and visit Stehekin. These ferry landing accessibility improvements will make it easier for people to do so,” said North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “This project is part of our overall effort to improve accessibility in Stehekin for visitors.”

New shuttle buses, remodeled restrooms at the Stehekin Landing Resort, and an upgrade to the popular Rainbow Mist Trail are some of the other projects in progress or completed to improve accessibility in Stehekin.

Wesslen Construction, Inc. based out of Spokane, Washington, was awarded the construction contract in September, 2010. The combination of their relevant experience, past performance, and price made them the “best value” for the government.

The Environmental Assessment’s Finding of No Significant Impact for the Stehekin Winter Ferry Landing Improvement Project can be found here.