TWRA warns boaters to be cautious on two East TN lakes because o

TWRA warns boaters to be cautious on two East TN lakes because of low lake levels

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While the water is now sitting at summer levels in the South Holston Reservoir, along with nearly all TVA waterways, Cherokee and Norris lakes are still down for the year. While the water is now sitting at summer levels in the South Holston Reservoir, along with nearly all TVA waterways, Cherokee and Norris lakes are still down for the year.
With a business that relies on water, John Marquis owner of Norris Paddling Adventures, can tell a difference in the depth of Norris Lake just since May when it received just 2.5 inches of rain. With a business that relies on water, John Marquis owner of Norris Paddling Adventures, can tell a difference in the depth of Norris Lake just since May when it received just 2.5 inches of rain.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

NORRIS (WATE) - As the Fourth of July approaches, you may be making plans to hit the lake and celebrate over the weekend. While the water is now sitting at summer levels in the South Holston Reservoir, along with nearly all TVA waterways, Cherokee and Norris lakes are still down for the year.

East Tennessee is a little more than 4.5 inches short on rainfall for the year. We checked with TVA and learned when it comes to rain runoff, Cherokee is 43 percent normal, while Norris is 50 percent normal.

With a business that relies on water, John Marquis owner of Norris Paddling Adventures, can tell a difference in the depth of Norris Lake just since May when it received just 2.5 inches of rain.

"This is much better," said Marquis.

Norris is 7.3 feet below average and Cherokee is 7.5 feet below.

"Actually it's kind of better because there are several coves now that's recreated almost like a beach area. So people really like that they can go right in and just sit on the beach," added Marquis.

Because of this lack in rainfall, boaters from Ohio tell us they've noticed the water level is much lower than in the years past while vacationing. They're also seeing low levels in places besides the shoreline of Norris.

"Noticed several of the docks that when the steps come to the end there's a huge drop before you actually step down into your boat," said Kim Vanwey of New Concord, Ohio.

Because these two lakes aren't at peak summer levels and Independence Day is almost here, TWRA has a word of warning.

"People need to take that into account so they can be a little more observant than what they may normally be. Even experienced people on those bodies of water, just because you run the lake one way with it being down it's going to expose some rocks, some points, and maybe some debris that's normally under water," said wildlife officer Clint Smith.

The simplest advice is to be cautious and slow down.

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