Ongoing drought affects West Point Lake's water level

The ongoing drought in the southeast is causing a continuing decline in the reservoir level at West Point Lake.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the reservoir level is approximately 627 feet above mean sea level. Full summer pool level is 635 feet mean seal level.

If there is no change in the weather pattern — the National Weather Service isn't expecting one — than the reservoir level is projected to decline to 624 feet mean sea level by the middle of September.

The low water level will affect some boat launching ramps at the lake making them unusable or marginally usable.

The corps is cautioning boaters and other lake users to be wary and safety-minded because the water level is low. The corps is inspecting the lake and marking hazards such as shoals and stumps.