The drought continues to impact boat ramps at Wilson Lake. Wilson Lake is 8.6 feet low going into Summer 2015. This has exceeded our previous record low of 7.3 feet in December 2006. To further put this into perspective, the lake is 16 inches lower than labor day 2014. 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. Most of the coves are shallow for several hundred yards out from the ramp. 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. A new Courtesy dock was installed on the walkway on OCT 17 2014. It is accessible and we have the ability to adjust it accordingly and therefore a fee will still be charged at this ramp starting May 1- SEPT 30
Lucas Park Ramp: Shallow water conditions exist and difficult access. Courtesy dock is not accessible.
Otoe State Park Ramp (KDWPT): Shallow water conditions exist and difficult access. 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. The West, Middle, and East ramps are high and dry. Minooka Park does not offer boat ramp access. Due your diligence and drive the extra 10 miles and launch your boat at either Hell Creek or Spillway Boat Ramp where the lanes and coves are deeper.
* Photo above is at the Minooka Park East Boat Ramp