The boat launches at Blue Marsh Lake reopened to the public Sunday night as the lake dropped to a level that made it safe for boats to return to the water, park officials announced Sunday
The Dry Brooks Day Use Area is open for land-based recreation only. Swimming is not permitted. Once the lake returns to the normal summer pool, tests will be run to determine if algae and bacteria levels allow the area to open, park officials said.
Restrictions have been put in place due to high lake levels from rains and flood damage reduction actions in response to extreme weather caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida last week..
Park officials cautioned boaters that the lake level is still higher than normal. People who go out on the water should watch for floating debris and use caution when boating. The Stilling Basin has also been opened to public access.
The current release of water from the dam is about 1,600 cubic feet per second, according to the Blue Marsh announcement. The discharge will be adjusted as the lake level returns to normal.
Visitors using the trail at Blue Marsh should be aware that low sections may be flooded. Anyone venturing into wet areas should use caution.
Source: Berkshire mont