McCown Park is a Corps of Engineering park. It features a Day Use area with a swimming beach, an equestrian area, a variety of camping options from tent to group cabin camp sites with water and electricity. It is a first class facility. It is a controlled access facility.
The McCown boat ramp is a 3 lane, concrete Corps built ramp and is open at the 522 level, but that is about the extent of the low water level that it can accommodate. It is an excellent ramp. It has the Corps installed a sliding boat dock beside the ramp. There is a $3.00 launch fee per day at this ramp. The ramp can be tough in a North or North-west wind.
These photos were taken on two different dates, August 22, 2011 and February 4, 2012. The lake level on August 22, 2011 was 522 feet or 13 feet low. The February 4, 2012 photos were taken when the lake level was 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low. As of March 14, 2012 the lake was just a little over normal pool of 533 feet. You can use your judgment to estimate the ramp usefulness at the current time.
Ramp at 13 feet low or Lake Level of 522 feet:
At this level there appears to be about 12 feet of useful ramp under water. And at this time, there is about a 6 inch drop off the end of the ramp. If you get your trailer wheels drop below that drop off, it could be hard to get the trailer out. In this photo, the gentleman is standing at the end of the ramp, about 10 or 12 feet out from the water’s edge. This is at the 522 foot level. There is an excellent parking area at the McCown ramp.
Boaters do want to be alert for the rocks on the left side of the ramp (the dock side). They are capable of chewing up a good prop.
Ramp with the lake at 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.
The McCown ramp is a three (3) lane ramp. During weekends and the summer, all three ramps and more are needed. It is one of the busier parks.