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War Hill boat ramp one of only two open
Progress continues in park upgrades
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While lake levels are down, boating and fishing out of War Hill Park continue to thrive.

The launch ramp extension, completed in 2009 by Dawson County Public Works and Facilities, is one of only two ramps open on the north end of the lake.

"We are very fortunate to have an accessible ramp in Dawson County. Thanks to AAA Boat Repair we also have the courtesy dock in the water. Every time the water levels fluctuate, (AAA Boat Repair) moves the dock to keep up with the fluctuations," said Dawson County Parks and Recreation Director Lisa Henson.

In addition to the open ramp at War Hill, Dawson County Parks and Recreation is reporting the completion of Phase 1 of a resurfacing project at the park.

"If you will remember, we applied for and received the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant in 2010. The grant funds are allowing us to resurface the entire park in two phases," Henson said.

"Phase 1 was the resurfacing of the parking lot at the boat ramp and Phase 2 will include resurfacing of the roadway and parking area in the day use area and campground," she said. "Phase 2 is slated for completion in March and April of 2012 when temperatures are at a sustained level to support paving projects."

Dawson County's Public Works department is providing all labor, materials and equipment for the resurfacing project at War Hill.

"The in-kind contributions of Public Works will allow us to maximize the grant potential while meeting the match requirements," she said.

Although the campground is closed and the restrooms winterized for the season, the day use and boat ramp facilities are open year round.

Henson encourages residents to take advantage of the boating and fishing opportunities available at War Hill.

"Also, please pardon our progress as we continue rehabilitation of the park in the spring," she said.