Multiple Closures Announced Around Rend Lake

Multiple Closures Announced Around Rend Lake

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BENTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake announced multiple closures Monday.

According to a release, officials will close the Gun Creek boat ramp for dredge operations Tuesday. The boat ramp and the adjacent cove was temporarily closed to all foot and boat traffic Monday night and will be until dredging operations are completed.

The affected areas will have posted closure signs for foot traffic and buoys lines by water. In total five boat ramps are to be dredged in the coming months.

Dredging reduces sedimentation deposits that can cause navigation issues during low water events.

Additionally, the Spillway Recreation Area and Bike Trail will close during routine invasive species removal within the eastern spillway and bike trail boundaries.

Areas affected by the closure include the Spillway Recreation Area Dedication Lot (south side of road), fishing access points to the Spillway from the Bike Trail, and the Bike Trail from the Dedication Lot to the powerline easement just north of the Sugar Creek bridge. These areas will be in proximity of the forestry mulcher equipment and will be temporarily closed to all foot traffic during the application period through Thursday.  

Officials said visitors should be aware the forestry mulching equipment recommends a minimum distance of 300-foot clearance for safety.

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