News: Low lake levels mean boaters should be vigilant
Story by Sara Goodeyon
TULSA, Okla. — As the Labor Day holiday approaches, the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers advises visitors to Corps lakes of the impact the extreme drought has had on most Tulsa District USACE lakes. Nine Tulsa District lakes are in some stage of drought. There is plenty of water for boating and other activities, however visitors should keep the following in mind:
• Boaters should use caution when launching as some ramps may be impaired by low water. Boaters should be vigilant and remain in main river channels and give the shoreline a wide berth. Some areas may harbor obstacles just below the surface such as stumps, land points, or rock formations that are usually deep under water.
• Tulsa District marks with buoys manmade hazards such as bridges, piers, and railroad beds that pose a real danger to the public, as well as restricted areas such as swim beaches and areas around the dam. Tulsa District does not mark natural hazards unless they are long-standing hazards that are known to cause injury or property damage.
• Slow down, and use depth finders. Check with local marinas about trouble spots. Be especially careful at night.
Labor Day is considered the end of summer, but it is not the end of recreational activities at Corps lakes. The USACE Tulsa District encourages lake visitors to always wear a life jacket because accidents happen. A life jacket provides flotation and time for rescue. Even if you can swim, you should wear a life jacket when on the water because anyone can drown.
The USACE Tulsa District provides recreation opportunities at 38 lakes. For more information on USACE Tulsa District recreation sites and activities, visit www.swt.usace.army.mil