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Lake Shelbyville high water update

June 20, 2008 at 09:20 AM

The US Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is reporting continuing high water conditions at the lake. The pool elevation crested on Sunday, June 15 at 616.05 eet above sea level.  Normal summer pool level is 599.70. The discharge rate was 2,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of noon on June 18. Lake Shelbyville is expected to reach a pool elevation of 610.00 on or around July 24 and return to its normal summer pool level by mid-September.  This is based on a normal precipitation pattern with average inflows.

The high water has impacted some sites around the lake. All high water boat ramps are open at this time.  High water boat ramps are located in Bo Wood, Dam West, Lithia Springs, Lone Point, Opossum Creek, Wilborn Creek, Eagle Creek State Park, and Wolf Creek State Park. Coon Creek and Whitley Creek are the only primary recreation areas with all boat ramps closed due to high water.

All beaches and secondary boat ramps are closed. This includes Coal Shaft Bridge, Sand Cove Road, Johnson’s Bluff and Bruce West.

The Illini Backpacking Trail, which runs from Lone Point Recreation Area to Eagle Creek State Park, Coon Creek Trail, and Okaw Bluff Trail are all closed. Hikers can still use the Camp Camfield Trail.

All campsites at the lake are open at this time. Some are slightly impacted, but there should be plenty of sites available for visitors.

If you are out boating on the lake around this time, be aware that larger boats lose the ability to pass under some bridges due to the lack of clearance as water levels remain high.  Also, boaters are strongly cautioned to watch for floating debris and submerged hazards on the lake.

Due to the closure of Dam West Recreation Area, all Fourth of July activities scheduled for that area have been relocated to Forest Park in Shelbyville.  Also, the annual Aqua-fest festivities have been canceled as a result of the beach closures.

As the water at Lake Shelbyville continues to remain above normal levels, visitors should be aware that more areas might be temporarily impacted. Call ahead for information before coming to the lake. Information will be available on the Lake Shelbyville Information Line at 217-774-2020 or contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951. Revised news releases will be issued as lake conditions change.

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why dont you put pictures of the lake on line, updated picturs. i am from indiana but i love lake shelbyville, need more pics

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