Beaches Remain Closed Due To High Water

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

"July the 4th I think really tuned some people down. It's not as good as it has been in past years. If we would have had a good July 4th this would have been a real year. Probably one of our better years," says Shelton.

BARREN RIVER LAKE, Ky. (WBKO) - Those looking to cool off at the beach at Barren River Lake State Park had to find somewhere else due to high water levels.

"I've been here 4 years and have never seen flooding in July," says Resort Park Manager, Lisa Davis.

Barren River Lake State Park Resort needs water in order to operate, but too much of a good thing may be costing them business.

"Our camp ground has been impacted. We have experienced lower occupancy in our campground due to the continually rain pattern," says Davis.

The lake currently sits 7 feet above where it should be this time of year. Summer rain did put a damper on many activities, but it hasn't stopped tourism.

"We're finding that our occupancy is holding because we are more of a destination. We have family reunions that have been planning to be here and rain is not going to stop that," says Davis.

While high water may be bad news for swimmers looking to hit the beach, it's good news for local fishermen who have been reeling in near record fish.

"Right here at the Narrows Marina we have had probably real close to a record Crappie. We have had lots of people catching right up at their limit. It looks like Crappie fishing is a lot better," says marina owner and manager, Wayne Shelton.

A few boats made their way out on the water today, but Wayne Shelton fears this season may not be what it once was.

"July the 4th I think really tuned some people down. It's not as good as it has been in past years. If we would have had a good July 4th this would have been a real year. Probably one of our better years," says Shelton.

Shelton says he would rather see water levels too high. Low water exposes the lake to poor water quality and creates issues for boaters.


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