Fishy Smell, Dirty Water Nearly Vanish From Coralville Lake For Holiday

By Mark Carlson, Reporter


By Mark Carlson

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The busiest weekend of the year at Coralville Lake is underway. Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked hard to get the day-use area ready after flooding took a toll on the beach, picnic area and restrooms. A tractor dragged the beach area early Thursday morning.

“There’s less beach for people,” said Scott Salsbery a boater from Tipton. “But the high water is nice.”

The lake continues to drop after flood water nearly topped the emergency spillway last month. Water remains nearly 10 feet above the summer pool, according to recent data from the Corps.

“It’s a lot of work to clean things back up, like a tornado or anything else, it makes a mess,” said Peter Nicholson, who spent Thursday boating on the lake with his kids.

The fishy after smell of the flood has also faded with the warm dry weather.

“It smells fresh, like nature,” Shireen Amehdi, a University of Iowa student, said. “There are a lot of people out here today.”

Many boaters said this is the first weekend they’ve been to the lake. Salsbery said he typically gets to the lake two or three times a week during a normal summer.

“This is the first day,” he said.

The presence of a Johnson County sheriff’s vehicle as well as the Department of Natural resources was also noted by many beachgoers and boaters Thursday.

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