CHILO – Fall is coming fast.
One tell-tale sign is the removal of the boat docks at Chilo Lock 34 Park.
The temporary floating docks came out Sept. 11 in the wake of recent heavy rains throughout the Ohio River Watershed.
The removal may have been a little bit earlier than in years past, but with flood debris floating down river and the potential of more coming after Hurricane Florence, it was necessary to avoid damage to the docks.
While the docks won’t be replaced until May of 2019, the ramp remains open so boaters can enjoy the Ohio River from Chilo all year.
In fact, the boat ramp is even more user friendly after the late-August installation of LED pole lights.
“There are weekends when the parking lots are full of trucks and trailers,” said Park District Operations Superintendent Brian Marshall. “People launch early to fish or maybe go out after sunset. They claim we should get 50,000 hours out of the (LED lights). This is a good addition for those guests.”