Lake officials warn boaters of low water levels

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SHERMAN, TX -- The US Army Corps of Engineers says their campgrounds at Lake Texoma are at 100 percent capacity. So, they expect the lake to be very busy, but they want to remind people that our lack of rain has the water level in the lake lower than normal.

"This is the big one. It kicks off summer here," lake goer Russell Cottrell said.

Lake goers are gassing up their toys and getting ready for Memorial Day weekend.

"We're super pumped. We've rented some cabins out at Grandpappy Point Marina, and we're going to take out two party barges and hang out on the lake," Michael Mika said.

"We've got family coming out. We're gonna be doing some cooking, boat riding, wave runner riding," Cottrell said.

But the Army Corps of Engineers says before you head out on the water

"Exercise a little bit of extra caution," B.J. Parkey said.

Lake Texoma is about four feet below normal -- causing some boat ramps to be closed.

"There could be exposed sandbars, underwater surface hazards, tree stumps, things of that nature that may not typically be visible at this elevation," Parkey said.

The Army Corps of Engineers' Assistant Lake Manager B.J. Parkey says every year around this time, boats get stuck on sandbars.

It's the same story for many area lakes. Lake Murray is six to seven feet below normal, and Lake of the Arbuckles is seven feet below normal.

Parkey recommends boaters pay attention to their depth finders and be cautious when close to banks.

Iyou follow his advice, you're sure to have a great holiday.

"We're expecting a tremendous visitation turnout for Memorial Day weekend, and just always be safe," he said.

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