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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  • by JOHN Location: MERIDIAN, MS on May 29, 2007 at 10:16 AM
    THEY CLAIM THE LAKE IS FOR FLOOD CONTOL. THEY CAN NOT KEEP IT A NORMAL POOL SO WHEN WE HAVE CONDITIONS LIKE WE HAVE HAD IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE LAKE BECOMES ALMOST USELESS AND DANGEROUS. I SEE BOATS AND JET SKIERS OUT THERE GOING PLACES THEY SHOULDN'T BE. SOMEBODY IS GOING TO GET HURT THIS SUMMER IF WE DON'T GET SOME WATER IN THE RESERVOIR. YOU CAN GO ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE SOUTH AND MOST LAKES ARE FULL OF WATER. THEY ARE NOT "FLOOD CONTROL" LAKES BUT THEY CAN FLOOD JUST LIKE OKTIBBEE.
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