The Lofers Bend East ramp is toward the back of the park. Lofers Bend East is a controlled access Park. The park gates are open 8 a.m. until 10 pm., but you can enter at 6 a.m. and leave after 10 pm. The boat launch fee is $3.00.
These photos were taken on two different dates, August 22, 2011 and February 4, 2012. The lake level on August 22, 2011 was 522 feet or 13 feet low. The February 4, 2012 photos were taken when the lake level was 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low. As of March 14, 2012 the lake was just a little over normal pool of 533 feet. You can use your judgment to estimate the ramp usefulness at the current time.
Ramp at 13 feet low or Lake Level of 522 feet:
There are actually two ramps back there, but the Corps only has one of them open. It has adequate parking, but not plentiful parking. There is a sliding Corps boat dock on the side of this standard concrete two lane ramp. The ramp is like most Corps ramps on Whitney, ending when the lake reaches close to 517 feet or 16 feet low. However, the bank seems to gradually extend such that a boat can be launched even after the ramp has run out. It should be noted that the bank there is best described as “rocky” and the rocks are softball size or larger. This is a great ramp when the wind is from the south.
Because of the exposure to the open main lake, this launch ramp will be really tough in any north-west, north, or north-east wind. When the lake level is at 16 feet below pool level, this is one of three ramps on the lake that are still functional.
Ramp with the lake at 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.
We do not have photo of the ramp at this level or above. The ramp however is functional at anything above the lake level being 16 feet low.