SAPD Press Release #041714(09)-San Angelo Lake Patrol Warns Boaters about Hazardous Lake Level

Apr 17, 2014   04:00 PM

San Angelo Lake Patrol Police are urging boaters to use extreme caution when operating upon the waters of Lake Nasworthy.  The water levels have dropped to critical levels and there are many hazardous areas.  Most of the public boat ramps are not usable and have been closed off or posted as "Ramp Closed".  These closed ramps are extremely hazardous and should not be used.  There are currently four usable boat ramps, which are listed below.  Although these ramps are usable, they are still hazardous due to the shallow conditions and due caution should be used. 


Usable Ramps: 


1.  The north ramp in Middle Concho Park (directly into the park from Middle Concho Drive)


2.  The north ramp on S. Concho Drive (closest to Knickerbocker Rd.)


3.  The ramp beside Mary Lee Beach


4.  The ramp at the old "Lake Nasworthy Marina" (adjacent to bridge by the fishing pier)


The fork of the lake, which leads to Spring Creek Park and Middle Concho Park, is now hazardous to boaters due to extremely shallow waters.  Due to this situation, the "Slow/No Wake" area has been extended to include this portion of the lake.  The "Slow/No Wake" area entering this area now extends out to almost the main body of water.  This area is directly adjacent to the southeast of Red Bluff Circle, extending south to the grass island.  It is clearly marked with a line of "Slow/No Wake" buoys.  This is the same area that has been previously blocked off during the Boat Races.  In addition to the extended "Slow/No Wake", the "No Ski" area has also been extended out into this area and is marked with buoys. 


A short distance inside the "Slow/No Wake" buoys, there are now a number of "Hazardous Area" buoys.  These buoys are marking extremely shallow water, much of which has a hard rock bottom.  The area should be entirely avoided.  This area is passable on both the north and south sides, but stay well clear of the buoys.  The north side of this hazard area, closer to the houses, contains the deepest water and is the safest area for passage.


The main body of the lake, away from all shorelines, is the only lake area that currently has no "known hazards".   There are likely hazards not yet discovered, so caution should be used even in the main areas of the lake.  All of the lake's channels and forks have become dangerously shallow and contain many hazards.  When traveling in any unknown waters, boat operators are urged to travel at headway speeds until it is known to operate at speed.


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