Approximately 9:29 p.m., Friday, July 3

(Rain Out Date Sunday, July 5)

(Dam cleanup to prepare Tuesday June 30, at 6:30 pm.)

The 2015 DLPOA fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 3, on the dam beginning at about 9:29 p.m. No one will be allowed on the dam except for those involved in the display. It is important that all boaters stay back at least 500 feet from the dam. This area will be roped off for the protection of spectators at 8 pm. Make sure to watch for and obey this roped off area.

And, with the heavy traffic on the lake, it is very important that all boaters obey boating safety regulations. All boats, especially kayaks and canoes, need to have working running lights; make sure they are in good operating order and that they are turned on; travel in a counterclockwise direction around the lake, etc.

• Boats will not be allowed within 500 feet of the dam. This line will be marked. Do not cross it.

• Only the Fireworks Crew and Fire & Police personnel will be allowed on the dam.

• By Illinois law every watercraft must have appropriate lights to operate between sunset and sunrise. This includes kayaks and inflatables. Operators of these smaller boats should ALSO consider wearing lighted necklaces or other gear that would make them more visible in the heavy traffic.

• Traffic should always move counter-clockwise around the lake.

Gate is Closed

The gate to the dam was closed about 8 pm Thursday, June 18. We will continue to monitor water levels. The national weather service has a flash flood watch in effect until 7 am on June 20. Please continue to keep a close eye on your boats.

Dunlap Lake Under Flood Warning

According to National Weather Service predictions, Dunlap Lake will probably be in the heart of a storm bringing 4-7 inches of rainfall over the next several days.

The storm they are calling Bill is following the same path as Ike which washed out the culverts at East Lake Drive a few years back. The water level of the lake has been dropped to prepare for that kind of flash flooding.

If you have a boat on the lake you may want to GIVE YOUR BOAT SOME EXTRA ROPE so it can rise and fall with the changing water levels.

If you keep smaller watercraft on the bank please take them indoors or at least pull them WAY BACK from the water. The water gets surprisingly high and we have had big canoes stored pretty far away from the water get washed away and badly battered going over the spillway.

Watch Facebook,, for more news and possible cancellation of the Kids Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday.

Gate Opened

The gate has been open in an effort to lower the lake before the tropical storm arrives. People might want to loosen the ropes on their boats to give them room to rise or fall with the water level.