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Fewer Memorial Day Boaters Navigate Low Lake Levels

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LAKE LEWISVILLE (CBS 11 NEWS) - North Texas Lakes aren’t close to being at normal levels, despite recent heavy rains.

Crowds of boaters still gathered at area lakes but not nearly the number that have gathered in past years, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens to monitor lake activity.

Lake Ray Hubbard plunged to it’s lowest level on record, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, popular party spot, Lake Lewisville is down close to eight feet.

North Texas game wardens say it’s going to take a lot more than a few days of heavy rain to get lake levels back to normal after this long term drought.

“We’ve needed so much rain that it’s really not come up a lot,” said Daron Blackerby, a game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife. “Maybe less than four inches over the last few days.”

The result are tree stumps, debris and exposed sandbars that are causing problems for boaters.

There has been a significant jump in calls for boater assistance stemming from boats running into stumps or debris or getting stuck on sandbars, according to Blackerby.

Many boat ramps have also closed and game wardens expect even more to close as the summer wears on.

Game wardens say boaters should drive slowly in areas that may have shallow water or unseen debris.

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