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Warning to boaters: Falling lake levels making boat launches unusable


The ongoing, record-setting drought is reducing elevations at Alabama Power’s six storage reservoirs to unprecedented levels. As lake levels fall, some boat launches on the reservoirs are becoming unusable.

With the drought continuing and conditions deteriorating, people with boats on the six reservoirs should check that they have access to a usable boat launch in the event they need to remove their vessels from the water. The storage reservoirs are: Weiss Lake, Neely Henry Lake and Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River; Lake Harris and Lake Martin on the Tallapoosa River; and Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River.

Boat owners and others can contact the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) to obtain the latest information about boat launches. Call ADCNR at (334) 242-3471. To report hazardous conditions on the lakes, contact ADCNR’s Marine Police Division at 1-800-272-7930.

Because of the drought, all six of Alabama Power’s storage reservoirs have already reached their winter elevations – a water level not normally seen until early December. The six reservoirs are expected to continue falling during September and October, which are typically dry months. During that time, some of the lakes are expected to reach levels never seen before.

Individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities should always be alert to changing conditions on Alabama Power reservoirs and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.


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