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ACCESS POINTS:
Grayville Memorial Park

 
   

entrance at Oxford Street & Bishop Street
Grayville, Illinois

Managed by the City of Grayville, Illinois, this access site has a paved boat ramp that is quite steep. The parking area is gravel/dirt and has trail access.

A walk up the big hill brings you to restrooms, a picnic pavilion and playground. The park also has a ball field and swimming pool. A road at the south end of the park leads to a small (private?) campground with electric hookup.

Grayville, Illinois had been on the main channel, at the tip of a 4-mile north/south bend in the river. However, a flood in 1985 caused the river to change course, creating a cut-off and leaving Grayville 2 miles from the current river channel. There is still standing water in the loop to Grayville (connecting it to the Wabash), but it is only accessible to small craft. Also, it appears that the Grayville cut-off "loop" may only be an actual loop in high water. It appears that both Grayville ramps may only be accessible by taking the western channel of the loop from the Wabash, and the other ramp may require really high water to reach. (If you know more about this, please contact us.)

We personally paddled a canoe from this access point to New Harmony on August 16, 2008 at a flow of about 15,000 cfs (or about 5.3 ft) according to the Mt. Carmel, IL gaging station. We had no problem reaching the main river channel from this access point, but the other Grayville access site appeared completely cut off.

From the river you must apparenty take the Grayville cut-off to the right (north) side of the current main river channel (near a now defunct oil pump). The ramp is on the left bank after a mile or so.

ACCESS POINT PHOTOS

Turn here and follow the road past the ball field and down the hill to the boat ramp...

Parking area by the boat ramp...

Additional parking...

Looking north (formerly upstream) toward the North & Water Street access site (apparently not accessible at this water level)...

Looking downstream, toward the Wabash River...

Looking up the hill to the playground and restrooms...

 
 

Important: The river is constantly changing. Hazards like log jams and tree falls will come and go often, so always be ready for them. Even islands and riverbends come and go over time. Riffles and sandbars will appear and disappear based on water flow levels. Do not attempt boating on this or any river during high water. Please be safe, respectful and responsible on the river.
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