Extremely low water levels have led Department of Natural Resources officials to issue a warning for boaters to use extreme caution when near launch ramps, especially on the Wabash and White rivers.
"It was about 1988 when we saw levels this low in a lot of our river systems. It's not going to be like normally when you go out there probably this time of year," DNR's Jamie Smyth told RTV6's Chance Walser. "There is going to be other debris and obstacles that you know you'll encounter."
DNR officials are stressing caution not just near launch ramps, but also on the water.
The drought hasn't been enough to keep the Reynolds family from Hamilton County away from Morse Reservoir, but they are forced to steer around objects and debris that haven't seen the light of day for a long time.
"(It's) a little inconvenience, but we've got to understand the water is used other places than just for recreation so we can accept that," said Bill Reynolds.
Boat owner James Elsey decided to hitch his boat to his truck and drive it home from Morse Reservoir, rather than risk it in the low waters.
"There are stumps and big rocks and house foundations and all sorts of things in this lake, and people should be very cautious around the shorelines here," Elsey said.
DNR officials have gone as far as to close some boat ramps at other reservoirs and lakes around the state so anyone planning on recreating this weekend, should check the DNR website for the latest information.
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