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ACCESS POINTS:
Grayville Public Access Site

 
   

Grayville City Park Access Area
North Street & Water Street
Grayville, Illinois

Managed by the City of Grayville, Illinois, this site has a paved boat ramp.

This acces site also has a large paved turnaround and parking area. Another gravel parking area is right next to it. The access site also has historic markers, trash cans, and restrooms. It is an easy walk up the hill for food, supplies and fuel.

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 we are told it is only accessible to small craft. Also, it appears that the Grayville cut-off "loop" may only be an actual loop in higher water. It appears that both ramps may only be accessible by taking the western channel of the loop from the Wabash, and the main boat ramp at North & Water Streets may require higher water to reach. (This access site did not appear accessible when we visited at a river level of about 7,000 cfs or 3 1/2 feet according to the Mt. Carmel gaging station.) (If you have information about this, please contact us.)

We personally visited this access site on August 16, 2008, with the river at a flow of about 15,000 cfs (or about 5.3 ft) according to the Mt. Carmel, IL gaging station, and the access site appeared completely cut off. However, we had no trouble reaching the main river channel paddling a canoe from the Grayville Memorial Park access site to New Harmony.

From the river you must take the Grayville cut-off to the right (north) side of the current main river channel (near a now defunct oil pump). You will pass the Grayville Memorial Park ramp on the left bank after a mile or so. The North & Water Street ramp is further north, also on the left bank, but this ramp may only be accessible in high water.

ACCESS POINT PHOTOS

Additional parking...

Looking out to the old Wabash River channel (now a cut-off)...

A creek enters just to the left of the boat ramp...

 
 

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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