No Go for Okatibbee Beaches

The beaches at Okatibbee Lake will not open this weekend like they usually do. Okatibbee is about six feet below where it should be.

In fact, park ranger Mark Dean says, for this time of year, the lake is at its lowest point since 1984.

"What we're being told by the weather forecasters and meteorologists is that it will probably take something out of the Gulf, a tropical storm or something, to bring significant rainfall," said Dean. "We probably won't be able to open these beaches this summer. But it's going to take several days of significant rain to even get it to start rising."

Dean said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing only the minimum amount of water, to keep the downstream flowing. It is required to do that.

Boaters and skiers may use the main body of the lake, paying special attention to the channel markers.

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