The Ottumwa Courier

June 19, 2013

Rathbun Lake crests; park sites open


Ottumwa Courier

---- — Rathbun Lake

crests; park

sites open

CENTERVILLE — With high water levels at Rathbun Lake this spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake has crested and is lowering and that park facilities are open and ready for use.

Project personnel are discharging 2,000 cubic feet per second from the dam, which will lower the lake approximately 1 foot per week.

Island View park continues to have some site closures, but all other parks’ sites are available. Beaches are likely to remain closed until after July 4.

A majority of boat ramps are open. Island View, Buck Creek, Bridge View and Prairie Ridge and Honey Creek State Park all have ramps that are open. Some courtesy docks may not be installed yet because of higher lake levels.

Marina concession areas at Buck Creek and South Fork are open, including “Louie’s On The Lake” restaurant at Buck Creek Marina.

Honey Creek Resort State Park is open with few impacts from high lake levels.

For more information, contact the Rathbun Lake Project Office at 641-647-2464.