Drought means low levels on lakes this spring

Published 3:25 pm Saturday, April 4, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A moderate drought across Minnesota means that the state’s lakes are seeing below-average water levels, and has some boating enthusiasts hoping for rain.

This year’s weather is a dramatic shift from last year, when record-high water levels led to boating restrictions on some lakes.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas says the state needs 2 to 6 inches of rain to pull out of the drought. Until then, the state Department of Natural Resources is advising boaters to be aware of low water levels, which can damage propellers and boats.

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Tom Jacob is owner of the Bay to Bay Boat Club on Lake Minnetonka. He says if it was later in the spring he’d be concerned, but it is still early in the season.