Steele Creek Park

Steele Creek Park is a Corps of Engineering park which offers primitive camping and there are limited facilities in the Park.  The park is located just south of Morgan and Lakeside Marina. It is an open access Park.  There are two primary areas of the park. The first is on the river channel side of the park and is on the north side of the Steele Creek Park.  This area has great camp sites on a bluff overlooking the lake.  This side also has some good natural beach area below the camp sites.  The southern section of the park overlooks Steele Creek itself.  This is a brushy creek and while there is some swimming areas available, it is not as swim friendly as the other side.  Each side of the park has a boat ramp.  This is a remote park area and is patrolled on some frequency by the Sheriff’s Department.  Boat launching is FREE at both ramps.

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. 

Ramps at 13 feet low or Lake Level of 522 feet:

Both of the Steele Creek ramps appear to be marginally usable at the 522 lake level, especially the river side ramp. Even though the river side ramp ends quickly, the bank there is rocky and it looks like it could be used easily.  It is a 2 lane ramp with an adjustable boat dock.  This is a great primitive beach area.  There is adequate parking at this ramp.  This is one of the three ramps on the lake that are functional when the lake drops to 16 feet low.

The other Steel Creek ramp is in the back of the park on Steele Creek itself. That ramp is questionable at the 522 foot level. The ramp itself is a Corps built concrete ramp. The Corps has one barricade there, but it looks to be half open. I would guess it is shallow. This is a single lane ramp with an adjustable boat dock. Paved Ramp Parking in this park is not as plentiful it might be, but it is adequate.  Facilities are limited.  It is a remote area of the lake.  The ramp is located well back into Steele Creek and is very sheltered from the wind.

Ramps with the lake at 527 feet 7 1/2 inches or 5 feet 4 1/2 inches low.

This is the “Red Bluff” ramp in Steele Creek.

This is the ramp that is in the back of Steele Creek.  While there is a lot of drift wood on the ramp in this picture, I believe it will be clear by the time you get there.  The water was rising rapidly when this photo was taken.

This ramp is back in the creek and it is a ways out to the main lake.  Lots of stumps and timber.  I believe you need to know your way around Steele Creek to use this ramp in my opinion.  Even if you have a good GPS map system I would say that you need to idle all the way out to the main lake from this ramp and visa versa.

But, Steele Creek is reportedly one of the better fishing areas.  There are some great shallow flats with lots of grass in them around this area.  Not saying there are bass there… not gonna say that, but boy it really looks good now.

The following photo was taken when the lake was down some 13 feet.  It will give you an appreciation of the view from Steele Creek Park and some of the structure in Steele Creek.

 

The second photo above is White Bluff taken from Steele Creek Park.