After two decades and more than $12 million, Lost Grove Lake in Scott County is ready to open to boaters this weekend.
According to Iowa DNR, the man-made lake is now about half-full which is enough to allow boat access to some of the lake Friday.
Conservation officers are expecting a good turnout of boaters and fishermen like Bob Jones.
â€œThere's a lot of fishermen looking forward to it,â€ said Jones. â€œThis area has needed a lake like that for many, many years and I know it's been a long time coming.â€
Jones says he's watched the lake go from a field about 20 yearsagog, to what it is today.
â€œI'm excited about the new lake,â€ said Jones. â€œAll in all, I think it's going to be a great opportunity for all the fishermen around here. It is definitely going to be a lot of fun.â€
According to a press release from the Iowa DNR, the main ramp south of the dam, the parking lot for the mid-lake ramp and shoreline access on the north side of the lake will all open Friday.
Other areas remain closed until the lake fills up.
Jones says he has no worries. He says there are still plenty of places to cast his line.
â€œI think there's going to be some real trophies caught. I'm hoping that I'll have a nice boat to fish on it. I'll have to talk to my wife about that.â€
Friday's opening comes just one week before the busy Labor Day weekend. The DNR is hoping to have enough water in Lost Grove Lake to open all access by next spring.
The lake is already open to canoes and kayaks.
Conservation officers will have a regular presence around the lake beginning Friday.