Boaters on Melvern Lake will enjoy the large main body of the lake on calm days for water skiing. Sailboat enthusiasts can find plenty of room to maneuver on the ten miles of open water. The Melvern Lake Marina is located on the southeast side of the lake. It provides fuel, mooring facilities and other supplies necessary for boaters as well as campers. For the main lake, boat ramps are located in all Corps of Engineers parks (Arrow Rock, Coeur d'Alene, Sun Dance, and Turkey Point), two at Eisenhower State Park, and two maintained gravel boat ramps (one off Urish Road on the north side of the lake and the other off Docking Road up on the river end of the lake). The Outlet has a boat ramp to launch non-motorized boats in the River Pond. No boats are permitted on the Swim Pond in Outlet Park.
Day use fees are required for launching at Corps managed boat ramps. A daily fee of $5.00 is charged to launch at ramps. In lieu of the daily permit an annual pass may be purchased for $40.00. This pass is good at any Corps of Engineers day use facility nationwide. Golden Passport or America the Beautiful Cardholders now receive free day use if card is displayed. Please note that the Coeur d’ Alene boat ramp parking lot is for vehicles with trailers only. This restriction is enforced to help alleviate the congestion issues that occur on this ramp on a weekly basis. Vehicles without trailers may park in the marina parking lot down the road. The fee season for Corps-managed boat ramps in the parks is April 1st through October 31st annually.
Due to fluctuations in lake elevations, partially submerged and submerged hazards may be encountered. Boat operators should exercise extreme caution at all times while underway on the lake.
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