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This project statement is ment meant to be used as a training aid. While some of the information provided in the project statement is based upon factual data, the entire project statement is not ment meant to represent an actual project statement drafted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

TN – Otter Creek Boat Ramp Construction at Beaver Lake



There is currently a lack of adequate boating access facilities at Beaver Lake.  Beaver Lake is the fourth largest reservoir (20,000 acres) in the state and is located approximately 20 minutes from Allentown (the state’s third most populous city).  The lake provides an outstanding recreational fishery for largemouth bass, crappie, hybrid striped bass, and channel catfish. 

There are a total of six boat ramps presently in operation at Beaver Lake.  Four of these are privately-owned marina ramps that charge user fees to launch boats.  The remaining two boat ramps are owned by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and are free to the public.  During the prime boating season, these two ramps quickly reach full capacity, which forces users to seek alternative facilities or forces users to not be able to launch their boats.  Collectively, the six ramps at Beaver Lake do not meet the current demand for anglers and boaters seeking access to Beaver Lake.   The TWRA is the state agency charged with managing and developing recreational boating access facilities for the public.  It is our statutory responsibility to improve boating opportunities throughout the state.  Without the development of new boat ramp facilities, recreational anglers and boaters will be forced to travel elsewhere.



The purpose of this grant project is to increase opportunities for sport fishing and recreational boating at Beaver Lake in Tennessee.



The objective of this grant is to construct one Construct one (1) facility by June 30, 20172019.   (NOTE: TRACS strategy - Facilities/Area Construction, Renovation, or Acquisition)

Results and Benefits Expected


This grant will also benefit nearby, local economies as anglers and boaters are willing to travel considerable distances to enjoy these activities.  Local economies will derive benefits from increased sales of gasoline, food, equipment, supplies, and lodging. 


Objective 1 – Construct one (1) facility by June 30, 20172019.

The TWRA will construct a public boat launching facility (Otter Creek Boat Ramp) at Beaver Lake that will be comprised of a 2-lane, paved, launching ramp, a boat courtesy dock, and single parking area that will accommodate parking for 50 vehicles and trailers.  The facility will be constructed on land under the control (fee title) of the TWRA.  The facility will be constructed following state procurement policies and procedures.  All applicable permits have been obtained and will be kept on file for future audit/compliance purposes. 


(NOTE: TRACS activity tags shown below for reporting purposes).

TRACS      TRACS Activity Tag 1: Boating access facilitiesTRACS Recreational boating facilities (# of facilities)

     TRACS Activity Tag 2 (optional): Launch ramps, parking areas, docks : Docks (# of slips and/or # of linear feet)

     TRACS Activity Tag 2: Launch ramps (# of launching lanes)

     TRACS Activity Tag 2: Parking areas 

Useful Life

The useful life of the Otter Creek Boat Ramp facility is expected to be 25 years.  This determination is based upon the architectural engineering firm that was contracted to develop the design for the project.  Their determination is based upon a variety of factors including: (1) size of project; (2) geographic location; (3) quality of construction materials; (4) anticipated volume of use; (5) anticipated type of vehicles/boats using the site; (6) prevailing geographic weather; (7) wave erosion; and (8) previous knowledge of useful life of similar size/scope projects.  


Geographic Location





Otter Creek Boat Ramp





Principal Investigator(s), for Research Projects

Not applicable.


Program Income



Budget Narrative

                Federal Share:   $71,250 (75%) - Boating Access subprogram (9520)


                Total Project:      $95   $95,000

NOTE: Applicants may provide the budget information using the SF 424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs), SF 424C (Budget Information for Construction Programs), or using the applicant’s created budget displaying an equivalent or greater level of detail.


Conflict of Interest Statement: TWRA, at the time of this application, is not aware of any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise during the life of this award which may affect the TWRA, its employees, or its subrecipients.  Should an actual or potential conflict of interest arise during the period of performance, then the TWRA will notify the WSFR Regional Office.



Multipurpose Projects



Relationship with other Grants

Once completed, this facility will be included in the TWRA annual "Operations and Maintenance of Boating Access Facilities" Sport Fish Restoration grant. 


Period of performance is July 1, 2016 2018 - June 30, 20172019.

July 1, 2016 2018 – September 30, 20162018:

  • Issue bid request package.
  • Review bid proposals and work with Finance Department to issue state contract.

October 1, 2016 2018 – December 31, 20162018:

  • On-site meeting with contractor to discuss any questions/concerns prior to mobilization.
  • Coordinate mobilization of construction equipment and begin construction.
  • Conduct routine site visits to ensure compliance.
  • Attend regularly scheduled construction update meetings and review progress to-date reports.
  • Process contractor payment requests.

January 1, 2017 2019 – March 31, 20172019:

  • Monitor construction activities.
  • Conduct routine site visits to ensure compliance.
  • Attend regularly scheduled construction update meetings and review progress to-date reports.
  • Process contractor payment requests.
  • Complete final completion site inspections.

April 1, 2017 2019 – June 30, 20172019:

  • Complete final completion site inspections.
  • Verify that contractor has met all compliance requirements.
  • Process final contractor payment requests.
  • Develop final completion reports (financial/performance).
  • Officially open site for public use.
  • Close out award.



NOTE: 50 CFR 80.82 (c) requires that a project statement must include information pertaining to 13 data elements.  Element 13 requires that information be included in the project statement that (a) shows that the proposed activities are eligible for funding and substantial in character and design and (b) enables the Service to comply with applicable requirements under NEPA, ESA, and NHPA, and other laws, regulations, and policies.  If information is not provided in the project statement, please attach additional documentation regarding NEPA, ESA, and NHPA compliance.  


Related Pages

Boating Access Subprogram Allocation - WSFR

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Funds as Cost Share

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Funds as Cost Share



Project Statement - Otter Creek Boat Ramp Construction (Word file)

WSFR_Quick Reference_BoatAccess

Sport Fish Restoration Funding diagram



50 CFR 80.51 What activities are eligible for funding under the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act?

50 CFR 80.61 What requirements apply to funds for the Recreational Boating Access subprogram?

50 CFR 80.82 What must an agency submit when applying for a project-by-project grant?