Boaters Beware: Water Levels Low In Most Lane County Reservoirs
Warm weather is expected to beckon residents to the open water this holiday weekend. With that, Lane County Sheriff’s Office has some warnings for boaters.
Water levels on many reservoirs are low right now and that increases the danger of running aground.
Marine Patrol Deputy Eric Churchill says going into the weekend, officers have already been dispatched to assist vessels. This could be avoided if boaters merely checked water levels before launching.
For example, Fern Ridge Reservoir in Veneta is currently at 66% capacity. The deepest part is about 26 feet in the center. Popular Fall Creek Reservoir is at 63%. And Cottage Grove is just over half full.
“As you go out this warm Memorial Day weekend, please remember to follow all posted warnings at boat ramps and recreational areas,” Churchill said.
During a boat rescue, Churchill said the number one priority is making sure people are safe. There is no guarantee vessels and other property will be able to be recovered.
Churchill added water safety should be on every boater’s mind. Always wear a life jacket and keep eyes on children at all times. Officials say drowning calls increase over Memorial Day weekend.