New Matamoras in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Frontier Boat Launch
The Frontier Boat Launch opened in spring 2011. Ohio is in the top ten in the nation for boating, with 400,000 registered boaters.
Boating is big business, and this six-acre public site is a welcome asset for the local economy. Statewide, recreational boating brings in $3.2 billion per year! With the Ohio River Scenic Byway and this premier launch facility, local communities hope more visitors will come to the area.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Watercraft awarded $2.2 million to the project. Ohio has invested $39 million between 1997 and 2013 to improve boater access. The USDA Forest Service-Wayne National Forest oversaw the project and contributed funding as well.
In 2012, the Wayne National Forest staff was nationally recognized for the Frontier Boat Launch as providing one of the few fully accessible boat launch facilities along this section of the Ohio River.
The late Sam Kidd, former President of the Local Economic Development Association (FLEDA), was
New Matamoras Mayor Dennis Agin described Sam as someone who could walk into an office, “tell you a joke, ask you to do something you didn't want to do; but, by the time he got done talking about it, you were convinced it was your idea and you couldn't wait to do it.”
With Sam's help everyone in the area was soon behind this project. Sam's wife Vesta represented FLEDA at the opening ceremony.
Local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6387 and 5108, along with Cub Scout Pack 250, raised the flag at the ribbon cutting for the boat launch. The flag pole was donated and installed by the boat launch contractor Jerry Welch, President of the D.J. Group, Inc. who is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business located in Beverly, OH.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 39° 26.983′ N, 81° 7.792′ W. Marker is in New Matamoras, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Ohio Route 7, 0.2 miles north of Sheets Run (County Route 22), on the right when traveling north. Located on the Ohio River in the Wayne National Forest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Matamoras OH 45767, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James W. Williamson (approx. 1.3 miles Reynolds Mound (approx. 3.6 miles away in West Virginia); Early Settlers (approx. 4.9 miles away in West Virginia); Pleasants County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away in West Virginia); The St. Mary's Oracle (approx. 5.7 miles away in West Virginia); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 5.7 miles away in West Virginia); Raid on St. Marys (approx. 5.8 miles away in West Virginia); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away in West Virginia).
Also see . . . Wayne National Forest. (Submitted on March 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.