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Boating When Lakes Are Low

April 25, 2023

1. Check the water level before you go

Check the lake level before you head out on the water. Many lakes have websites or apps that provide up-to-date water levels. You can also check the TPWD website for lake levels.

2. Be aware of submerged hazards

Low water levels can expose hazards that are normally hidden, such as rocks, stumps, and sandbars. Be cautious when navigating in shallow water and keep an eye out for hazards.

3. Adjust your speed

Boats can cause damage to the lake bed when operating in shallow water. Reduce your speed to minimize the risk of needing fiberglass boat repairs and damaging the environment.

4. Be mindful of your boat’s draft

Your boat’s draft (the depth of the boat below the waterline) can impact your ability to navigate in shallow water. Be mindful of the water depth and avoid areas where your boat’s draft may be too deep.

5. Wear a life jacket

Always wear a properly fitting life jacket when boating. Low water levels can increase the risk of accidents and make it more difficult to swim to safety if you fall overboard.

6. Stay in marked channels

Stick to marked channels and avoid cutting corners or taking shortcuts in shallow water.

7. Keep a lookout for other boats

Low water levels can make it more difficult for boats to maneuver, so keep a lookout for other boats and be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.

Just be aware of your surroundings at all times. Boating in low water conditions requires extra caution and awareness. By checking the water level before you go, being mindful of submerged hazards, adjusting your speed, monitoring your boat’s draft, wearing a life jacket, staying in marked channels, and keeping a lookout for other boats, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

If you do happen to hit something while out boating and need an inspection or repair. Give us a call at 210-966-8484 or contact us and let us help you get back on the water!