Boat launches, camp site closed at Raystown Lake

ENTRIKEN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake has announced closures due to heightened lake elevations after recent rains associated with Tropical Storm Gordon.

As part of its Flood Risk Management mission and in the interest of public safety, all boat launches and associated parking areas at Raystown Lake are closed and will remain closed throughout the weekend and until further notice. That includes the following locations:

— Snyder’s Run Boat Launch.

— Seven Points Boat Launch.

— Aitch Boat Launch.

— James Creek Boat Launch.

— Tatman Run Boat Launch.

— Shy Beaver Boat Launch.

— Weaver Falls Boat Launch.

Launches will re-open once water levels recede and Corps staff determines that watercraft can be launched safely. Corps staff also reminds boaters that once launches re-open, significant debris associated with high water events is expected both on the lake surface and submerged water. All vessels should be operated with extreme caution.

Camping is still available this weekend in the Ridge and Meadow campgrounds.

Point, Senoia and Valley campgrounds are closed because of high water levels.

A variety of recreation opportunities remain available for those who wish to enjoy outdoor activities over the weekend. Open facilities include select picnic shelters and picnic areas, biking the Allegrippis Trails and Mountain Bike Skills Park, and hiking on the Terrace Mountain, Old Loggers and Hillside Nature Trails.

Changes in recreation status are dependent on weather conditions and can change at the discretion of Corps staff at any time.

As of noon Thursday, Raystown Lake was at 35 percent capacity and its reservoir was 10 feet above normal pool and falling slowly. Corps staff will continue to operate according to established procedures in order to restore the normal lake elevation as quickly as possible while not exceeding downstream channel capacity.

Those looking for more information on local lake levels can visit www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/nab/

junipub.html or call 814-658-3405.

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