LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning boaters to beware of hidden underwater hazards because of flooding, especially close to shore.
Boaters should go slowly and be extra cautious to avoid objects they would not normally expect in the water such as sign posts, picnic tables, table canopies and other structures.
Be aware that floating logs, trees, trash and debris of all sizes could be anywhere in the lake for the next month or so. Boaters should have an observer in the boat when possible, always wear a life jacket and use your kill switch.
Be extremely careful at night, as obstructions are even more difficult to see.
Officials also urge boat dock owners to check their docks frequently during high lake levels to ensure anchors and cables are securely attached to the dock. Recent high winds and high water have increased the number of cable breaks and loose docks on the lakes.
Daily lake information can be found here.