Southside Boat Ramp Open

The docks at the Southside Boat Launch are in! Now you don’t have to get in the cold water to launch your boat.

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4 Responses to “Southside Boat Ramp Open”

  1. james rozzo
    December 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi jim here. i was just down at the southside ramp last week and there is no docks there to tie your boat to. there was debree all over , it is a mess. 412-464-2918 i am trying to find a launching place to launch my boat and tie it to a dock till i can park my trailer and come back. i looked a a few places and no docks. can you help me find a decent place.

  2. admin
    December 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Jim,

    The southside docks are only in the water from May to September. They remove them for the winter because of heavy flooding and strong currents on the Mon during the winter months. If they were to keep them in the water they would be destroyed. Pretty much all boat ramps and docks remove for the winter in Western PA (or at least the ones we go to).

    You can still use the Southside boat ramp, but you will need a very experienced boat driver and a person to drive the truck that is willing to wade into the freezing cold water about waist deep to get picked up. This is the way we do it, but it can be very difficult with the strong winter current and you run the risk of destroying your boat picking the other person up.

    Best of luck.

  3. james rozzo
    December 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    thank you for the reply. No i am not going boating now, it is toooo cold. In the summer. I was looking for a place to launch my boat in the summer. Is parking free? And where do you park your trailer? thanks jim

  4. admin
    December 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Docks will be in late April to May. The boat launch and trailer parking are free and parking is on site and really easy to find. Just make sure to bring a second person with you to either park the trailer or drive the boat. One person launching and tying off at the dock is frowned upon due to the high use of the dock and the ramp.

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