Public Boat Launch
Where is the public boat
The boat launch is located on Front
Street just past the Eagle's Point Condominiums. It provides a dock
area to launch your boat from and a parking lot for your vehicle
Photograph taken by Jeffrey H.
Due to the limited availability of parking, only vehicles with
trailers are allowed to park in the lot. Violators will be towed at
Overnight parking is prohibited. There is no
parking at the launch between the hours of 2:00 am and 4:00 am.
Violators will be ticketed. Overnight parking is available at the
Orange St. lot.
Payment envelope stub or yearly launch permits must
be properly displayed.
Launch fees are required by the City of Prescott
Ordinance #12.16. There is no longer a boat launch tenant
working at the launch. If someone is trying to collect
money for helping launch your boat, you should contact the Prescott
Yearly passes are $35 for residents in the
Prescott City Limits and $50 for non City residents. They are a
colored sticker that goes on the right hand side of the
Yearly passes are available at City Hall
during normal business hours or by mailing a check and boat
City of Prescott
800 Borner St.
Prescott, WI 54021
You will need to to include the length and make of your
boat and the boat registration number.
Daily passes are available at the
launch in the shelter. Fees vary depending on the boat length
and whether you are a resident or non-resident. Non residents
include all people living outside the City of Prescott. Make sure
your envelope includes your Vehicle license plate number and the
date. Tear off the numbered receipt stub, date it and place
it on the dash board of your vehicle. Place money in envelope, seal
it and deposit in the collection box. Receipt tickets must be
placed on your dash board with the date clearly visible to avoid a
What is the history of the boat launch?
- Prescott's Municipal Boat Launch first opened to the public in
the early 1960's. It was a simple dirt ramp. In 1963 or 1964 the
first boat launch attendant was Jerry Gutting. At that time you
could launch your boat for $1 and the attendant at the ramp
received $.25 for each boat. The proceeds went to the Little League
sponserd by the Jaycees.
- LeRoy Gutting built the first shack for the attendant as a
shelter from the hot sun and rain. In 1966 there were two houses
removed from where the parking lot is today. One house was torn
down and the other was burned by the Prescott Fire Department as
a training exercise.
- In 1972, Bubby Harris replaced the dirt ramp with the first
- In 1990, the vacant lots were dedicated to the City by George
Jacques and is now the parking lot at the launch.
- In 2000, Prescott received a grant from the DNR for
improvements of the ramp.
- This information was provided by Rich Gutting.