Clear Lake Levels Back to Normal

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CLEAR LAKE, IA – Since all the rain started in our area, we’ve been talking lots about all the negative parts of the rain, but we try to look on the bright side around here, and there’s always a silver lining.

The rain is helping one north Iowa lake get back to normal.

Roxane Murphy knows all too well what kind of damage low lake levels can cause to boats.

“A lot of rocks just showed up that we didn’t have before because the water levels went down so a lot of them were hitting props and lower units,” says Murphy.

She owns Roxane’s Marine in Clear Lake and says they’ve been busy in the past years repairing people’s boats because the lake was too low. But now…

“This year, I think we have more than enough water, like I said I think my dock is underwater,” adds Murphy.

Thanks to the snow earlier this month and a whole lot of rain, the water levels are right where they should be.

Iowa DNR officials say the last time Clear Lake was at normal levels like this was in fall of 2011.

“You go back to last spring we were about 6 inches below crest, we had gotten some increase but it really took a dive during the summer of last year and finally came back again this spring,” says Conservation Officer, Ben Bergman.

While these current water levels are good for folks itching to get out on the water, having low water levels is not the worst thing for aquatic life.

“In low water, plants areas where we have exposure more to the sun and there’s no water we can establish some plants back again too so that’s good and healthy for the ecosystem as well as water quality,” says Bergman.

High water levels or low water levels; Roxane and her team will be busy.

“Great business, it’s really booming right now, it started out really slow with the 16 inches of snow which gave us moisture so that was good but now we could take a break in the rain,” she says.

Iowa DNR officials also want to remind folks anxious to get their boat on the lake that this year is a registration year.

They also say that while all the moisture has been great for lakes, rivers are a different story.

Most, if not all rivers are swollen or in flood stage and they don’t recommend any recreation on them.

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