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Foster Arends Boat Access Help

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Does anybody know the legality of the Foster Arends boat ramp?

I have a 14’ aluminum boat with an electric trolling motor. I’d like to put it in Foster and browse the deeper areas.

I went to Foster last Saturday evening with every intention to put my boat in the drink. When I got there, the boat ramp service road had a locked gate across it. I’m talking about the landing area in the NE corner of the lake right north of the bathrooms. There was another sidewalk/road that said “Authorized Vehicles Only” I could see there was some traffic on this sidewalk/road.

I walked down to the water and it looked like there was an area to park and a sand boat landing.

I didn’t want to spend the evening in jail, so I ended up fishing a different lake. Can I legally put an electric motorized boat on Foster Arends? If so, how can I legally access the water? I would need waterfront access as my boat is too heavy to carry or drag very far. Why is the gate locked? Any other restrictions I should be aware of?

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Hey Tyler, I beleive your only option is to wheel or otherwise carry the boat down to that launch. The gate is almost always closed. I did see it open one day last winter and took the opportunity to drive my portable down there and dump it out but when i was done later that day, the gate was locked again. It is paved most of the way down there so maybe a set of those wheels that go on the transom would be the ticket to wheel it down there.

I have a canoe and figured I'd just carry that baby down from the lot if I ever took it out there.

Good luck.

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I know I see a lot of people drive down there. Is the gate really locked, or is there a chain on it making it look that way? I know they train those Newfoundlands down there when I'm out tossing sticks for my lab, and they always just unchain it and drive down with the boat. I think it's so people just don't drive and park there.

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The day I was there, the gate was locked up tight. It had a pad-lock and was not opening without a key. I'll take a look again another night.

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