Boulder Access Marina – January 2, 2016

Our 21′ Beneteau spends the winter on its trailer in the boatyard at Boulder Access Marina. Yesterday (January 1), we received several pictures of the flood conditions at the Marina in our “Boulder Bits” newsletter Edited by Emily Elden. One of the photos showed the lake water reaching around behind the bathhouse, and Emily’s accompanying article said, “[Curt] has also been working with Mark to get the tractor running so that he can move boats wintering behind the bathhouse before they get swamped.”2016-01-02_17-05-57

Our boat, ‘Revise and Resubmit’ happens to be parked behind the boathouse. As far as we could tell from Emily’s photo, the water probably had not reached high enough ground to endanger R & R. But we decided to drive out at take a look – and take some pictures of the boats on the hard behind the bathhouse so that others could decide whether a trip to the marina is in order.

We did not go out on to the docks – the walkway has washed out. But Curt at the marina told us that the boats at risk are those still in the water on the far row by the breakwater. The breakwater that was, I should say, because it is under water. Wind from the southwest blows the waves over the breakwater and into the marina, slamming the boats to and fro in their slips, resulting in damage to several. [If your boat is still in the water and your slip is on the far row by the breakwater, you would be well advised to make the trip to Boulder, check its condition, and possibly move it to a more protected slip.

Conditions Behind the Bathhouse

Yes, the lake water has flowed into the marina yard behind the bathhouse:

Marina 1Marina 2

Boats (and trailers) along the tree line that borders the campgrounds are in 3″ – 12″ of water:

Marina 3

Marina 4

Marina 6

Marina 8

On the opposite side, conditions remain dry:

Marina 10

Including the ground under Revise and Resubmit:

Marina 5

And the main area of the yard is dry:

Marina 11

The Boulder Access Campground is swamped:

Campground 2

Campground 1

And her you can see how the lake water has come around the back of the Marina:

Marina 12

The Corps of Engineers reports that the level of Carlyle Reservoir is 458.18 feet above sea level today; the record (in 2002) is 459.80 feet. Yesterday, about three times as much water flowed into the Lake as was released downstream. Today’s prediction is for a crest at 458.5 feet on January 4. But, then, rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday of this week – how much rain I do not know.


~ by raysparrowe on January 2, 2016.

One Response to “Boulder Access Marina – January 2, 2016”

  1. Ray, I do hope your boat is okay. What great but frightening pictures. Take care. Dave

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