Boaters See Problems from Low Lake Levels

Texoma lakes continue to decrease as the summer months heat up. The drought has caused Lake Arrowhead to drop to 58.2 percent a big concern for boaters. People are now finding land where there once was none.

With water moving below us and not much under us Game Warden Eddie Hood took me on a quick tour of Lake Arrowhead to see first hand areas that are suffering hard from the drought.

"All of that right there was under water a month ago," he said pointing to an area of the lake covered with pigeons.

"That water is maybe a foot and a half deep and you come across that even though you have 50 to 25 yards between that rock pile and shore it's still a hazard. People will hit that with their
lower unit and will disable that with their boat," he said.

It's a site Eddie has grown used too. Boaters are damaging propellers and lower units adding up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

"Stay away from the shore," he suggests. "And stay away from parts of the lake that you do not know."

For many boaters it's not just the low lake levels it's also the heat. Steve Smith who was test driving a boat also serves as a boat repairman. He says those who are not used to the heat alongside low levels can be a dangerous combination.

"It's just unbelievable the people that go out and thrash their props," said Smith.

Eddie Hood estimates the lake could be anywhere near nine feet below, a welcome site for pigeons but not boats.

Boaters also need to be aware of people swimming in the water. Many are moving to deeper areas for a swim. Eddie says boat rescues were up in July but not so much in August. He's noticed there are less people out at the lake.

Crystal Hall  Newschannel 6.