Almost two feet below the normal pool of 297.5 feet above sea level, the lake now has exposed stumps breaking the surface and more just below. According to Reservoir general manager John Sigman, that creates a hazard for boaters who are outside the navigation channels.
"Everybody needs to be careful because they didn't clear this lake of trees and stumps," Sigman said. "It's very dangerous."
So dangerous, a warning was issued in a recent Reservoir newsletter asking boaters to be extra cautious when outside boating lanes.
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With October being historically one of the drier months, Burgess said boaters can expect the level to continue to fall. He also noted that Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which oversees the reservoir, is required to release at least 240 cubic feet of water per second through the spillway to provide water downstream.
"We've got to put out a minimum discharge, and we're going to continue to put out a minimum discharge," Burgess said. "So, it's going to keep dropping until we get some precipitation.
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