The MCR Boat Ramp will be closed to all traffic and boaters on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 due to  maintenance.

Since 1989, Merrill Creek Reservoir (MCR) has granted access to the public to enjoy its tranquil setting, natural environment, and limited low impact recreational activities. In an effort to enhance our overall site safety and security measures, MCR will implement new public recreation times, which go into effect on May 1, 2023.

  • Gates Open at 7:00 AM year-round 
  • Gates Close at 5:30 PM from March 1 to October 31 
  • Gates Close at 4:30 PM from November 1 to Feb 28

The entire MCR property, including hiking trails and boat ramp, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Please park in designated parking areas only, as there is no parking permitted anywhere else at MCR, including roadside parking.  Parking along roadsides and other areas at MCR is for authorized vehicles only.


MCR is a privately owned property, please help us to keep MCR safe and secure for all to enjoy by strictly following our new property recreation hours. Thank you.

The Boat Ramp is gate-controlled on a schedule of specific hours for opening and closing. The Boat Ramp will close 1/2 hour before Merrill Creek Closing time. No boats may be on the premises before the gate is open or after the gate is closed. The ramp will remain open year round, unless it is inaccessible due to ice. Rules for boating and fishing, the schedule of opening and closing hours and a depth map of the reservoir are posted on the bulletin boards and also available at the Boat Ramp and the Visitors Center.

Boating Regulations
Boat Ramp Schedule