Low water levels create problems for visitors

POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

SOMERVILLE -- Each day we go without rain, water levels at Lake Somerville drop. It's dropped so much already, the lake has now broken its almost 30-year record-low, which means trouble for swimmers and campers out on the water.

Lake Somerville loses around 121,000 gallons of water every day and avid camper and fisherman, Stephen Kudlacek says he's never seen the lake like this before.

"I've been fishing here since they opened it and seen it not quite this low but this is the lowest I've ever seen it."

Lake Somerville is almost 8 feet below normal conservation level and it's dropping about a foot every two weeks, creating new dangers for visitors.

Lake Somerville park manager, Ernest Eberle said, "Boaters need to be aware that there is additional safety hazards out there that they need to be aware of."

And it's keeping some fisherman from even bringing their boats.

"I left my boat at home this weekend, didn't even want to bring it because, well to start off with I heard there's no boat ramps really open on the lake to put in," said Kudlacek.

only 3 ramps remain open for use but boaters aren't the only ones affected by the low levels.

"Swimmers when they are along the shore line, they may be swimming in a location that they swam there for years with no problems and now when they come back to that same location, when they go out to that same depth they are actually walking on lake bed that they've never walked on before," said park manager, Eberle.

Eberle stresses to please be extremely cautious when on the water because for now, the lake is only going to keep dropping.

Kudlacek says, "It is a shame."

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