By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Two temporary boat ramps are ready to serve lake-goers at Enders Lake Recreational Area as the Memorial Day weekend arrives.
Beau Licking, Game & Parks seasonal superintendent at Enders, said the release of six feet of water from the reservoir that started May 8 has forced the closure of the lake’s regular main ramps.
The superintendent said temporary ramps have been set up at Catfish Cove, south of the main ramps, and in “No-Name” Bay, also on the lake’s south side by the morning glory. Due to the temporary ramps, there will be no camping allowed at Catfish Cove, Licking noted.
He said they may add more temporary ramps throughout the summer.
Because of the water levels, Licking wasn’t sure how many people to expect this weekend at the lake.
“Numbers always depend on weather and, this year, also how people feel about the lower levels,” he said.
Some weekend visitors were already arriving Tuesday, he said, with more arriving each day through the weekend.
Licking said he’s had a lot of comments about the lower levels “and people are not happy.”
The Bureau of Reclamation began releasing water from Enders two weeks ago after the Middle Republican NRD purchased the water to satisfy compliance with Kansas.
Bureau officials expected the release of the 4,380 acre feet of water to be completed this week, taking Enders Lake down to an elevation of 3,082.4 feet above sea level.
Started last summer, Licking said all 42 new electrical pedestals at the lake to serve campers and other outdoor enthusiasts are now complete.
Each pedestal has 50, 30 and 20 amp service, he said.
Nineteen pedestals are located by the shower house, with the other 23 near the area’s main east entrance across from the golf course.