High Water Threatens Arkansas Campgrounds
Memorial Day weekend at Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Ark., could be rough.
Already hundreds of camping reservations are being canceled for next week, and some boat ramps are closed, according to arkansasmatters.com.
The reason? The water on the lake is reaching record levels.
At Crystal Springs you can see the tops of some grills and picnic tables. Campgrounds in the area, along with two others around the lake are closed.
Every other campground around the lake has least a few sites blocked off or underwater.
According to the Corps of Engineers, the level of Lake Ouachita Thursday (May 14) was 587.6 feet. That's about nine feet above normal. It reached 591.5 in the early 1980s. At 592 it starts topping the spillway, which could affect lower lakes like Hamilton and Catherine.
The lake has never in its history been that high. It's not expected to go over 589 this time, but the Corps is watching closely.
"One thing I'd like to point out is we do have a lot of floating debris … logs trees so anybody coming out here needs to be extremely careful," says the Corps' Rick Stokes.