Boaters: Lake Somerville Levels Make Boating and Swimming Dangerous

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

"Well I've never seen it this low. I've been fishing this lake since 1973,” said Lamar Overbay.

In fact, no one has seen it this low. That's because this is the lowest Lake Somerville has ever been.

"You can look at our gauge here and right now we're sitting at 228.14, which is almost 10 feet below one of our conservation pools,” said Ernest Eberle, Lake Somerville Manager.

With record low water levels at Lake Somerville boating can be tricky. In fact, many boat ramps are closed and some boats can't even launch because they are sitting on dry land.

"It's pretty bad," said Mike Canterberry.

Some fisherman would rather stay on the shore.

"I'd be scared myself to put a boat in there because you never know if you're going to hit a sandbar or something,” said Canterberry.

It's not just boaters that have to be cautious. Signs up around the lake warn swimmers of an unlevel lake floor.

"The shorline, you know that's typically 9 to 10 feet underwater. Swimmers do need to be aware that conditions do change and boaters are also going to have that experience."

The Army Corp of Engineers says it would take severe flash flooding to return the lake to normal levels.

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