The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville has reported high water conditions at the lake. The pool elevation has risen to 14.3 feet above normal summer pool (599.7 feet referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD)). The level as of 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30 was 614.0 feet NVGD and the discharge rate was 3,130 cubic feet per second (cfs). Lake Shelbyville is expected to crest on Sunday, January 3 at less than 618.0 feet NGVD. This is based on the current discharge rate with no additional precipitation.
The rising pool has impacted some sites around the lake. Boat launch facilities will remain open in all major recreation areas with the exception of Whitley Creek and Wilborn Creek. All secondary boat ramps are closed, which include: Coal Shaft Bridge, Sand Cove Road, Johnson’s Bluff and Bruce West.
The Chief Illini Trail, Coon Creek Nature Trail, and Okaw Bluff Trail are all closed. Hikers can still use the Camp Camfield Trail and parts of the General Dacey Trail.
During this high water period, boaters should use extra caution on the lake and be aware of lower bridge clearances, floating debris and submerged hazards. As the water at Lake Shelbyville continues to remain above normal levels, visitors should be aware that some areas will be temporarily impacted. If an area is posted closed please do not enter the area. Do not put yourself and others at risk.