Question & Answer:

Q: Is there any truth to the rumors about Rathbun implementing the full time life jacket rules?

A:  Great question. The rumor that this question is likely referring to is the implementation of policy for all boaters regardless of age to wear a life jacket or PFD — personal flotation device while boating on all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs in the country.  

Lake Red Rock, which is a Corps reservoir southeast of Des Moines, had implemented, on a one-year pilot study, a mandatory PFD wear in 2011.  However, the policy is not in effect for Lake Red Rock or Rathbun in 2012.

As an organization, there has been discussion for the past few years regarding implementation of a policy nationwide on Corps of Engineers managed reservoirs, with the goal of decreasing fatalities associated with water based recreational activities.  However, no such policy has been implemented for the 2012 season.

Regardless of such policy, we always encourage all visitors to exhibit the highest standard of water safety while boating or playing at the beach, when visiting Rathbun Lake or any Corps managed lake.

Got questions?  Ask the Corps                       

Do you have something that you’ve always wanted to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in regards to Rathbun Lake?  We are now offering you the opportunity to have your questions answered.

“Ask the Corps” is a new feature coming to the papers.  Everyone is invited to submit fair, tactful, sensible questions for the Corps via e-mail @ Rathbun Lake Association; or by mail to Rathbun Lake, 20112 Highway J5T, Centerville, IA, 52544.

The Corps of Engineers will prepare complete and detailed responses to questions received. Questions submitted will be reviewed and responded to in subsequent columns, as well as the websites and

Your help is needed to make this a success, so don’t be shy about submitting your questions.  You can remain anonymous when submitting questions if you choose.

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