Record Low Levels

Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo water levels continue to drop, hitting record numbers.

The ongoing drought is continuing to effect current lake levels. Lake Kickapoo is currently at 33.7% and Lake Arrowhead is at 28.6%.

"The ground is so parched right now that the rain is not running off into the lake like it normally does. We need a heavy rain to get the ground wet and then a heavy rain on top of that to roll off into the water," said Lake Arrowhead State Park Superintendent Keith Gauthier.

The lowering lake levels are effecting lake goers as well as area residents.

"It's effecting everything. It's effecting traffic on the water, effecting the traffic all the way around the lake, whether it be boaters or water recreation folks that are looking to come out and enjoy the weekend and go fishing," said Gauthier.

Citizens of Wichita Falls are being urged to continue to conserve water.

The Citizens of Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities have performed admirably. They have achieved a very high level of conservation. We were only looking for a 35% reduction in overall water use and through the summer months, the citizens of Wichita Falls were in the mid 40's," said Utilities Operations Manager for Wichita Falls Daniel Nix.

If the lake levels keep dropping, the city of Wichita Falls does have a back up plan.

"We will enact the additional triggers in our drought plan and we will try to conserve as much as possible. We also have our emergency reuse project that we're bringing online next year," said Nix.

Nix also said, "In order for these lakes to begin to rise we would need about 3 to 6 inches of rain within 30 days."
An above normal amount of rainfall would need to happen for Wichita Falls to get out of the drought which could be hard to achieve considering upcoming winter months.

The last time lake levels at Lake Arrowhead were this low, it was 1971 and it was 1953 for Lake Kickapoo.

Taylor Barnes, Newchannel 6