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Posted 5/23/2011

Release no. 11-021

Nolin River Lake, KY.  – With flood waters receding, government employees and marina operators are struggling to repair facilities at Nolin River Lake before Memorial Day. “We’re all working as fast as we can to make our areas usable again,” said Corps of Engineers Park Manager Chris Boggs. “We’re making progress, and we’ll get everything open as fast as possible.”

As of Monday, May 23rd, the lake elevation was 540.13, which is down almost 20 feet from the crest of 559.73. The lake is currently falling about 1.5 feet per day. If this rate of fall continues, Nolin Lake will be around elevation 533, which is 18 feet over summer pool, by the start of the holiday weekend.

All campgrounds at Nolin River Lake will be closed for the holiday. Most boat ramps will be open, but with limited services available. Facilities affected by high water include the following:

The Dog Creek boat ramp will be open. The Iberia boat ramp will be open, but the beach will be closed.  The Moutardier boat ramp will be open, and the picnic shelter closed.  Moutardier Marina will be fully open, with cabin rentals, boat rentals, and extra boat slips available. The Nolin Lake State Park boat ramp will be open with all other day-use facilities closed.  Ponderosa Marina is currently working on flood repairs and may be open, depending on how quickly repairs are finished. The Van Meter/Site 1 boat ramp will be open, but with no turnaround.  The Wax boat ramp may be open, depending on clearance to overhead electric lines, but will have extremely limited parking available only in the upper overflow lot if the ramp is open.  The Wax Marina plans to be open with boat rentals and slips available. The Wax Motel will be closed. The Tailwater boat ramp remains closed. No courtesy loading docks will be available in any areas. Open boat ramps will have no turnarounds, and will be back-down only.

Some driftwood has been noted on the lake, although the amounts are not significantly higher than normal. Boaters should take routine precautions against floating objects, and should avoid operating boats near the shoreline or near electric lines. No boats should enter closed recreation areas. All boaters should wear their life jackets. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Nolin River Lake office at (270) 286-4511.