Caution Urged on North Texas Lakes Memorial Day Weekend

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Many who plan to head out to lakes during this Memorial day weekend will discover how low lake levels really are.

    Boaters heading out on North Texas lakes need to be careful, with very little rain to keep them filled lake levels are lower than they've been in years.

    Lake Grapevine is more than 10 feet below normal, the lowest it has been in many years.

    Rules for Boaters on North Texas Lakes

    [DFW] Rules for Boaters on North Texas Lakes
    Boaters at every North Texas lake will soon have to follow the same rules to help keep zebra mussels at bay. That, combined with low lake levels, means boaters have a lot to consider before heading out on the water this Memorial Day weekend.

    The City of Grapevine is hosting this year's first Friday Night Fireworks display at the lake, that means a lot of boaters will be on the water.

    The lake level is so low, only five of the lake's eight boat ramps remain open Friday.

    "Anybody that's going out today needs to be aware of their surroundings, needs to be aware there's going to be other obstructions in the water that there wasn't last year when they might have been here," said Natural Resources Specialist Kenneth Myers, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Always wear your life jacket, that's going to be the one tool that's going to save your life if something happens unexpectedly. Put the life jacket on and you should be good."

    Local police will also patrol along the lake, they'll be looking for people not wearing lifejackets and boaters drinking alcohol.