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Old 02-02-2017, 07:45 AM   #1
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WARNING: Falling Lake Levels Prompt Corps To Urge Caution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Officials of the Army Corps of Engineers urge boaters, dock owners and visitors at its White River Basin lakes to take extra safety measures because of low lake levels. Cold weather has fueled demand for hydroelectricity from five Corps dams in the basin. Below normal rainfall has reduced inflow into the lakes which has led to low lake levels.

Beaver, Table Rock, Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are five to 10 feet below the tops of their conservation pools. Levels are expected to continue to decline until there is sufficient rainfall to begin replenishing the lakes.

There is plenty of water for boating and other activities. However, officials urge extra precautions. Dock owners should monitor their docks closely and move them as needed to prevent them from being grounded.

For boaters, some launch ramps may be impaired. Stay in main river channels, and give the shoreline a wide berth. Some areas may harbor obstacles just below the surface such as land points, rock formations, tree stumps or other hazards and shallow spots that are usually deep under water.

Slow down, wear life jackets and use depth finders. Check with local marinas about trouble spots. Be especially careful at night. Boaters are encouraged to stay on the side of the lake with bluffs since water is usually deeper there. Gradually sloping shorelines can indicate shallow water depth. A change in water color can indicate a change in depth. Lighter color often indicates shallower water.

For more information about lake levels, log onto the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil and click "Water Levels."
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If it makes a difference, that is one of the reasons for the now-closed lake thread, to help keep people informed. Lake level is pretty much the primary focus of that thread:

http://www.1branson.com/forum/showth...highlight=lake

PS: The other day I was thinking that if I was there I could do my Adopt-A-Shoreline duties. It's been a long time, and I'm sure there's plenty of stuff to pick up.

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Old 02-02-2017, 01:13 PM   #3
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The Corps has not updated this page in a couple of years, but, as you can see, it's not uncommon for the lake to be lower than it is now some time during each year.

http://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Portal...k%20%20(3).pdf

It's pretty scary when it gets to the 890s.
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If it makes a difference, that is one of the reasons for the now-closed lake thread, to help keep people informed. Lake level is pretty much the primary focus of that thread:

http://www.1branson.com/forum/showth...highlight=lake

PS: The other day I was thinking that if I was there I could do my Adopt-A-Shoreline duties. It's been a long time, and I'm sure there's plenty of stuff to pick up.
Correct. Did some of that during the last three or so warm spells. Filled about three trash bags total. Got a bonus when I found a like-new "Rock Crawler" crank bait just sitting there. Have to really be careful walking on the exposed shoreline with the loose rock, as usual.

One disappointing thing I did notice is that when I came across the many "fish attractor" brush piles the MO Conservation Dept. established, on every one of about a dozen I passed I saw the ropes that secure the brush to the concrete block weights was either rotted away or broken. When the Lake does return to "normal" levels I'm guessing that exposed brush and wood has dried enough by now to re-float and we'll lose those valuable fish and Springtime "fry" or "hatchling" habitats.

I'm going to try and re-secure those I can get to with some rope I have lying around but I certainly cannot manage to do that on all of them. Guess I should check with a local Conservation agent first to make sure I'm not violating some regulation.
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Correct. Did some of that during the last three or so warm spells. Filled about three trash bags total. Got a bonus when I found a like-new "Rock Crawler" crank bait just sitting there. Have to really be careful walking on the exposed shoreline with the loose rock, as usual.

One disappointing thing I did notice is that when I came across the many "fish attractor" brush piles the MO Conservation Dept. established, on every one of about a dozen I passed I saw the ropes that secure the brush to the concrete block weights was either rotted away or broken. When the Lake does return to "normal" levels I'm guessing that exposed brush and wood has dried enough by now to re-float and we'll lose those valuable fish and Springtime "fry" or "hatchling" habitats.

I'm going to try and re-secure those I can get to with some rope I have lying around but I certainly cannot manage to do that on all of them. Guess I should check with a local Conservation agent first to make sure I'm not violating some regulation.
I noticed you said that in the closed lake thread. I have my own brush piles, and they are probably close to dry now.

I collect "lost" baits, too, up there and down here. I have buckets full of them.
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Why "close" the Lake Thread ? Aren't we in the "Tri-Lakes" area ? Seems that should be an ongoing topic of pertinent conversation !
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