Boat Ramp Street provides access to the Santa Fe Channel, Richmond Shoreline, and open waters of the Bay. Boat Ramp Street was one of the first public access locations to the Bay shoreline within the City of Richmond.
Bay Access and numerous other organizations were instrumental to designing and constructing improved access at Boat Ramp Street, with the goal of the site eventually joining the Water Trail.
The boat launch facilities consist of a corrugated cement boat ramp located within a small public park.
From I-580 exit at Canal Boulevard. Turn onto Canal Boulevard south and then turn left onto West Cutting Boulevard. The site is 1/4-mile down West Cutting Boulevard on the right.
There is a small parking area that has 4 spaces, including 1 ADA space at the entrance to the park. Free parking is available along West Cutting Boulevard.
There are no restrooms at the site.
The park contains a picnic table and two benches. Trash cans and recycling bins are provided at the picnic area. A public art project was recently completed within the park of an El Toro boat – a popular small sailboat that was first designed and built at the site.
The boat launch is not ADA accessible. There is a paved/firm-surface path of travel from the parking area to the ramp, which consists of corrugated cement.
The landside facilities offer ADA parking spaces and picnic tables.
Small boat operators should avoid the Santa Fe Channel when ships, barges, and tugboats are in transit. Ships need lots of room to maneuver and long distances to stop. Propeller wash can cause dangerous, unstable conditions, even at a distance. If paddlers are in the channel when ships are in operation, small boaters need to be sure to give them the right of way or consider delaying paddling until they are finished with their activities.