Fulton Illinois Ramp Fee, No Longer a Friendly Little Town

For the last couple years you can’t drive through Fulton without having a city cop aiming a radar gun at you. It’s obvious they are looking for funds from people passing through. Now they put up a pay box at their only ramp and they will be charging $3 to use it. This is the first city that I have found to charge to use their public ramp. They should want people to use their ramp so they will buy gas and food while there as well. This just gives an unfriendly impression, like the message is “stay away we don’t want you coming here”.

That ramp is falling apart, when the water is low it is so silted in they have to dig some out every year, but as soon as you get out from the ramp hole, you are in a few inches of water with mud pumping through your water pump. Last year there was about a 12″ drop where the concrete ended so your trailer would just drop off and trying to get back out was hard on your truck and trailer, trying to climb a 12″ straight up ledge. Then the mouth is so silted in it too only has inches and I noticed this year three large trees washed in making it about impossible to get out without hitting one.

I have been having second thoughts about using that ramp anymore anyway, so now the decision is easy, I will just drive across the river and use the Clinton ramps, which are much better, more parking and free. The gas is cheaper over there and there is a lot of great places to eat. I hate to give my money to another state but this ramp charge gives me little choice.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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