Visitors to Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are reminded that many U.S. Army Corps of Engineer facilities remain closed because of recent heavy rains and high lake levels.
The Bull Shoals Lake parks currently closed are Beaver Creek, Highway K, Lead Hill, Oakland, River Run, Theodosia, and Tucker Hollow. The Bull Shoals Lake parks partially closuresd are Buck Creek and Highway 125.
The Lake Norfork parks currently closed are Cranfield, Henderson, Panther Bay, Pigeon Creek, Tecumseh, Udall, and Quarry. The Lake Norfork parks partially closured are Bidwell, and Robinson Point.
Additionally, all swim beaches at Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are closed. Boaters are allowed to launch where road access is available. The only high-water boat launch ramp available at Bull Shoals Lake is at Lead Hill Park. The only high-water boat launch ramp available at Lake Norfork is at Henderson Park.
All visitors to Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are advised that when boating near the shore, beware of hidden underwater hazards because of the high water. Boaters should go slowly and be extra cautious to avoid objects they would not normally expect in the water. Look for sign posts, picnic tables, table canopies and other structures often found in a campground or picnic area.
Swimming or wading into the lake may be hazardous until water levels have dropped closer to the top of conservation pool. Be aware that floating logs, trees, trash and debris of all sizes could be anywhere in the lake for the next several months. Be extremely careful at night, as obstructions are even more difficult to see.
Daily lake information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil.