Regional
8:12 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Holiday Boaters Warned about Low Water Levels

The U.S  Army Corps of Engineers says low water conditions this holiday weekend are leading to increased hazards for some boaters and swimmers in the region. Boaters are advised to stay within marked navigation channels.

Memorial Day weekend frequently means increased boat traffic on lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee, but the Army Corps of Engineers says boaters need to be extra cautious this year. Low water conditions have been reported in several areas, which could leave watercraft vulnerable to obstructions that could be located just beneath the surface of a lake. Safety specialists advise wearing life jackets and using caution around dams.

In western Kentucky, Lake Barkley’s current level is 1.6 feet below normal for this time of year. In Nashville, Percy Priest Lake is about 3.8 feet below normal.

Swimmers are also advised to never dive from a shoreline or bank and to be aware of underwater hazards like tree stumps or rocks.