Lake Levels Near Record Lows

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The summer is still weeks away, but state water levels are already running low. Not only is the water level lower than normal, it's one of the lowest in the lake's history.

Officials say there's not much that can be done, without the help of Mother Nature.

Summertime is near, but hitting the water may not be what you're use to.

Lake Eufaula is one of the majority of lakes in Alabama that's already experiencing low water levels.

Officials say Lake Eufaula is now about two and a half feet to three feet below its normal summer pool.

"Well, I wish they weren't. We like to have full lake levels just as much as anybody. It's safer for people, nice to look at, and it's just better to use when we're full," says Bill Smallwood, project manager of the Army Corps of Engineers.

With it as low as it is, it may impact your recreation.

"People that are used to being out on a full lake are going to find obstacles and that kind of thing in the water that they're not use to being there at this time of year," says Smallwood.

There are some ways you can stay safe on the water with the low levels.

Officials strongly encourage you swim in the designated swimming areas, since the lower levels may not indicate immediate drop offs. Also, be sure to boat within the buoys to protect your boat.

According to historical records, there have only been four times since it was built in 1963 Lake Eufaula has been lower than now. The lower point was in 2000.

Lake Eufaula isn't the only Alabama lake suffering from the drought conditions. Lake Martin is seeing the biggest effect at four feet below summer pool.

Lake Harris is close to two and a half feet below.

Smith Lake and Lake Logan Martin are both just over summer pool, which is the maximum lake level under normal conditions.

Lakes normally reach summer pool around May 1st, dropping in mid to late summer.