LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Recent rainfall in the White River watershed has led to rises in Beaver, Table Rock, Norfork and Bull Shoals lakes.
While a rising lake level is not unusual after heavy rains, the Corps is reminding boat dock owners to regularly ensure their docks are properly anchored and maintained. Rapid rises can make a dock inaccessible in a short time. Continue checking in coming weeks as lake levels fluctuate with releases or additional rainfall. Dock owners are responsible for maintaining their docks at all lake levels.
Boaters should maintain caution on the lake during the next few weeks. They are urged to slow down and be aware of floating objects in the lake. During rising water, logs and other floating debris are common on the surface or just under the surface. Also, points of land or rocks normally protruding above the surface may now be covered with a few inches of water. Hitting a floating log or a land point at a high rate of speed can damage boats and eject boaters.
Hypothermia is a real danger this time of the year if you find yourself in the water. Always wear a life jacket when boating. It could save your life, especially in cold water.
Daily river and lake information can be obtained at http://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.
Release no. 15-108