Officials said Wednesday that all area boat ramps along the Big Blue and Kansas rivers should be reopen by this weekend.
The ramps had been closed because of the high water levels.
Officials made this announcement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decreasing the outflow from the stilling basin, or “the tubes,” at Tuttle Creek Dam. The Corps said the Tuttle Creek Lake elevation and release rates will continue to fall.
As of Thursday morning, the Tuttle Creek Lake elevation was 1,128.84 feet above sea level and the outflow was 8,000 cubic feet per second. These numbers are down from last week’s highs of 1,135.88 feet and 30,000 cfs, respectively.
The Manhattan Parks and Recreation department removed the barricades to open the Linear Park boat ramp on the Big Blue River on Wednesday afternoon. Officials said the boat ramps along the Kansas River in Pottawatomie County will be opened as personnel and resources allow.
As the boat ramps open, officials caution that riverbank stability will continue to be a danger. Riverbank soils are saturated and large sections can detach and fall into the river at any point. Officials also said people should remain alert to the swift currents and potential dangers in and under the water.