The Tulsa District of the Army Corps of Engineers is advising boaters using the Corps lakes in Oklahoma that this year's drought is having an impact, as 9 Tulsa District lakes are in some stage of drought.
The Corps says there is plenty of water for boating and other activities, however the Corps has issued some guidelines to consider:
- 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.
In addition, the Corps encourages boaters 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.
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