Lake Monroe Beaches Closed For Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials announced this week that Monroe Lake beaches will not be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

DNR officials are blaming the weather for beach closings on Memorial Day weekend.

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DNR officials are blaming the weather for beach closings on Memorial Day weekend.

Due to high rainfall in recent months, the Army Corps of Engineers has had to hold more water in the Monroe Lake reservoir to prevent flooding communities further down the White River.

As a result, reservoir specialist Phil Wilson says they’ve had to close the Fairfax and Paynetown beaches because they’re largely underwater.

They’ll open the beaches back up once the Corps is able to safely release the extra water in the reservoir at about a rate of 4 to 5 inches a day.

“And we’re going to have to go down probably another vertical foot and a half, at least, to have any semblance of a beach,” Wilson says.

However, the boating ramps are still open, and people may still swim from their boats. Wilson cautions that the high water levels could conceal dangerous debris and unexpected drop-offs.

“We warn people to be cautious about children playing at the water’s edge, where it just looks like the water’s edge,” Wilson says. “Don’t assume that once you step into the water it’s just going to be a gradual drop-off – there could be drop-offs that are hidden.”

Even with the beaches officially closed, there are a number of programmed activities still going on near the lake. Boat rentals will also be open through the weekend.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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