LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — With the Lake level markedly low, it can be a good time for dock owners to perform important maintenance on their docks before the busy summer season.
Before the boating season is underway, dock owners are encouraged take the time to do the following:
- Check the electric. Many docks are sitting on dry ground (or mud), and Ameren says now is the time to check whether docks are well-grounded and their electric connections are sound. Many electric companies at the Lake offer free dock inspections.
- Repair seawalls or install rip rap. With low lake levels, seawalls are exposed, and landscaping and dock companies say this is the time for customers to have their seawall repaired or rip rap installed.
- Get dock and lift structures inspected. Particularly for those whose docks are sitting on the ground, it’s a good idea to get the dock and lift checked out by a professional before the Lake returns to normal levels and the wakes of a busy summer reveal any issues.
Ameren also reminds boaters that the low lake level may create some additional hazards, and to use caution when navigating the Lake. Boaters should be aware of underwater hazards such as stumps, rocks and other objects that now may be exposed or lying just beneath the surface.
As of noon on Monday, March 14, Ameren reported the Lake level was 653.29, with a discharge of 3,507 cubic feet per second (cfs). Truman Dam on Monday was not discharging any water, per an Army Corps of Engineers report.
Ameren Missouri offers a daily report on Lake of the Ozarks water levels, which can be obtained by calling 1.573.365.9205 or by visiting AmerenMissouri.com/lake for hourly water-level information.