Coralville Lake Continues Falling As Boaters Return

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Mark Carlson

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The water level at Coralville Lake has dropped more than a foot since cresting on Wednesday. The lake sat at just over 707 feet Saturday afternoon according to the latest data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake hit a high point of around 708.5 feet above sea level earlier in the week, more than 25 feet above normal summer pool and just a few feet from topping the emergency spillway.

“Branches of all sizes and logs are floating down stream,” said Erika Billerbeck of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Billerbeck and a handful of DNR officers spent Saturday afternoon patrolling the lake.

“This has been the busiest day of the year,” Billerbeck said. “It’s been a very slow year, it’s not hot enough, the water is high, a lot of debris in the water.”

Despite the large presence of boats and jets skis Saturday, DNR officials said the lake was much quieter than in years past.

“I liked last summer better, I like low water and high heat,” said Michelle
Edwards of North Liberty. Edwards spent the day riding a stand-up jet ski alongside her husband, Cody.

“We’d love to see [the water] go down so we could get some sandy beach hang-out on,” Cody Edwards said.

The lake is forecast to continue falling in the coming week as the Corps keeps the outflow gate into the Iowa River at the maximum 18-19 thousand cubic feet of water per second.

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