DNR: Boaters Beware Shallow Water

Posted On July 11, 2012

(Brookville, Ind.) – Unseen danger is lurking for boaters because of the low water levels in Indiana’s lakes and reservoirs.


Indiana Conservation Officers say the drought has caused water levels to make boat ramps unsafe. Boaters are warned that when they are putting in or pulling out their vessels from the water to not drive their trailers over the end of the boat ramp.


“Use common sense,” IDNR fisheries staff specialist Jamie Smyth said. “Don’t push it too far. If you decide to launch a trailered boat, go nice and slow.”


Right now, some ramps are so short that only canoes and kayaks can go in. However, the DNR’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which maintains the hundreds of boat ramps across Indiana, does not plan on closing any ramps.


According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, Brookville Reservoir is only about 0.7 feet below its summer pool stage.


Conservation officers say boaters need to be careful once they are in the water, too. Watercrafts can get stuck in shallow water or hit submerged rocks.