Barren River State Park Beach Closes Due to Low Water

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

If you were planning to spend some time on the beach at Barren River Lake State Resort this Memorial Day, you may have to make new plans. The state park is closing several beaches because of dangerously low water levels.

According to officials, the park closure is a safety precaution because of the unsafe drop-offs for swimmers. Army Corps of Engineers Park Manager Kevin Savilla said they first noticed problems back in mid-April.

The water has failed to reach its summer pool height because of a severe lack of rain over the past few months. Officials at the Barren River said that the current water height is 543 feet. Normally, it'd be 552 feet. That means they're nearly eight feet short.

Right now, how long the beach is closed rests on the shoulders of Mother Nature.

"The beach is closed until further notice. Until we an get a significant amount of rain so we can make a reasonably safe area for people to swim in," Salvilla said.

Salvilla also said that Barren River Lake isn't the only body of water in the Green River Area suffering from lack of rain. There are two other projects: Rough River Lake and Nolin Lake, that are just at or below summer pool.

Savilla said it would take at least two or three feet of rain in the next few days, before they could even think about re-opening the beach. Fisherman and boaters are still allowed on the lake, but Savilla cautions that such low water levels can still be dangerous.

"If you're on Barren River Lake this weekend, we urge people to use caution. There are several areas around the lake that are normally above six feet above," says Savilla.

He said the low water levels have also postponed the opening of the lake's brand new four-lane boat ramp.

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