The valve will be open no earlier than October 20th and no later than November 1st. We are currently working through concrete repair plans for the dam. The goal is to have the repairs done this fall. If it’s determined that we can achieve that timeline then we will open the dam on October 20th. I will send out communication as things are finalized.
Once open, you have about 1 week to remove your boats before it starts to become very difficult or impossible to use the ramp.
The lake is lowered for several reasons. The main reasons include the protection of shorelines from ice, to allow for easier access to make repairs to shorelines and docks, and to relieve pressure on the dam.
Of course, the weather is the main driver in when, and if, the water reaches winter pool. It generally takes 2-3 weeks for the lake to lower to winter pool. If we experience periods of rain then it will take longer.
We can not control how fast the water lowers. The valve will be completely open through the winter months.