The drought continues to impact boat ramps at Wilson Lake. Wilson Lake is 7.32 feet low going into fall 2014. This has exceeded our previous record low of 7.3 feet in December 2006. All boat ramps are open, but they are challenging for large heavy draft boats. The Corps is only going to charge a fee at the Spillway Ramp (fee season 1 May - 30 September) and will not be charging a fee at the three Minooka ramps until the lake levels rises. The public is requested to test the depth and exercise caution when loading. The costs of dredging the ramps with an excavator far exceeds the benefits. If drought conditions persist, we are prepared to close and barricade ramps. Public comment on ramp access will determine closure. Below is a current list of ramp conditions.
Spillway Ramp: The low water ramp lane is open. Good depths for launching any boat. Courtesy dock is accessible and we have the ability to adjust it accordingly this summer and therefore a fee will still be charged at this ramp starting May 1.
Lucas Park Ramp: Open lanes and adequate depths for small boats. Courtesy dock is not accessible.
Otoe State Park Ramp (KDWPT): Shallow water conditions exist and difficult access will increase as lake recedes. Courtesy dock is not accessible.
Hell Creek State Park Ramp (KDWPT): Open lanes and adequate depths for small boats. Courtesy dock is accessible.
Minooka Ramps (East /Middle/West): Shallow water conditions exist and difficult access will increase as lake recedes. East ramp is the only ramp we reccommend and still requires much caution. Courtesy docks are not accessible. The Corps will not charge a fee at these ramps until lake level rises enough for the public to utilize the courtesy docks.