Corps Warns Boaters of High Lake Levels, New Rules

Water is 12 feet higher than normal summer pool at Coralville Lake. Taken on Friday, May 17, 2013. (MARK CARLSON/KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - Officials at Coralville Lake are warning boaters about high lake levels heading into the weekend. Friday morning the lake was 12' above the normal summer pool, according to Dee Goldman, Operations Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake.

"Boaters have to be careful, some things that normally exposed are going to be underwater," Goldman said.

Underwater hazards have the potential to cause damage to boats or catch swimmers off guard. Hazards will likely remain for a large part of the season, with more rain expected in the next few days.

The Corps is advising boaters to keep from getting too close the the edges to avoid a potential problem.

This weekend is also expected to be one of the busiest of the early season, marking the first real test for a number of recent rule changes. Alcohol is no longer allowed anywhere in the day-use area on the main beach. There has also been a recent expansion of no-wake zones.

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