Reservoir at highest level in 26 years
Water levels at Marion Reservoir continue to rise, reaching their highest level since July 1993.
The water line is 8½ feet above normal pool elevations, assistant lake manager Kevin McCoy said.
“When you’re dealing with a reservoir, it’s a game of inches,” he said.
As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, water levels were 1½ feet below the top of the gates, but the dam extends up another 9½ feet.
The reservoir is holding back from releasing water because other waterways are running full, and John Redmond Reservoir is extremely high, McCoy said.
“We end up playing a big game of handoff with water,” he said. “As people reduce it, we’re able to release a little more.”
One boat ramp is open at Marion Cove, but tree brush should be the primary concern for boaters, McCoy said.
“There’s a lot of downed woody debris that’s blown down and sat for years on the edge of the lake,” he said. “It’s now available to float out into the water. It’s not all small stuff, we definitely urge caution.”
Water control has no effect on ongoing bridge construction, or vice versa, McCoy said.