Photos: Flooding at Clinton and Perry lakes hits near-record levels

photo by: Chris Conde

A makeshift walkway crosses the floodwaters near the Clinton Lake marina on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Clinton and Perry lakes have both hit near-record elevations as a result of recent rains, and the flooding has closed boat ramps, beaches and lakeside attractions.

As of Thursday afternoon, Clinton Lake’s surface elevation has risen to just under 891 feet, the highest level since late May and early June 1995. The lake’s highest level was 892.48 feet on May 29, 1995, according to U.S. Geological Survey daily measurement records dating back to 1977. While Clinton State Park is still open, all boat ramps, the marina and the beach are all closed, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

photo by: Chris Conde

Floodwaters cover the ground near a park restroom at Clinton Lake on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Meanwhile, at Perry Lake, the water level on Thursday was at 917.5 feet, up 26 feet from its normal level of 891.5 feet, according to the USGS. The lake’s highest level on record was 920.9 feet on July 26, 1993, USGS data shows. The state parks department said Perry State Park “is open but is mostly flooded and has very limited services.” The park’s office is closed, there is no boat access, and visitors should use caution, the parks department said.

More rain is forecast for the Lawrence area over Memorial Day weekend. National Weather Service meteorologist Jenifer Prieto said 2 to 3 inches of rain are expected to fall from Friday morning to Sunday morning.

photo by: Chris Conde

Floodwaters cover the Perry Lake swim beach on Thursday, May 23, 2019. As of Thursday afternoon, Perry Lake’s elevation was at 917.5 feet, up 26 feet from its normal level of 891.5 feet, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

photo by: Chris Conde

Hookers N Reelers bar and restaurant sits partially submerged at Perry Lake on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

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