Area lake levels have risen, ever so slightly.

Months of dry weather saw area lake levels drop by as much as 67 inches. However, levels were measured at the beginning of April and each lake has shown an increase of a few inches.

Significant rainfall has caused the levels to rise, with most of the rain coming between April 29 and May 10. During that time, about 6.89 inches of precipitation was measured at The Duncan Banner. May 10 saw the last measurable rainfall. And, as of that date, the precipitation for the year was 11.45 inches.

The lake levels were measured May 15, and showed an increase at each lake.

Scott Vaughn, public works director, said despite the large amount of rain, the gain in each lake was small compared to the previous measurement and had little effect on lake activities.

“The lakes are all still usable, even Clear Creek,” Vaughn said. “It’s really a minimal gain.”

Clear Creek Lake, which is the lake with the greatest loss, was 64 inches below average. On March 30, the lake level was 67 inches below average. The lake gained about 3 inches, but is still the lowest of the city lakes.

Duncan Lake was 33 inches below normal at the latest reading, whereas on March 30, the level was 34 inches below, a difference of only about an inch.

Lake Fuqua, which had the highest level, was measured at 9 inches below usual. On March 30, the lake was 13 inches below normal. The lake has risen about 4 inches.

Lake Humphreys was measured at 7 inches below normal. The lake was measured 16 inches below on March 30. The lake has gained 9 inches and now boasts the highest water level.

As of May 11, Waurika Lake was 19.8 inches below average. On April 7, the lake was 23.3 inches below normal for a gain of about 3 1/2 inches.

The lake was using 91.36 percent of its capacity, whereas last month it used 89.91 percent pool capacity.

Despite the precipitation, two of the lakes are still lower than they were six months ago according to measurements taken on Dec. 5, 2005.

Duncan Lake was 29 inches below normal, which is a loss of 4 inches from the last measured level.

On that date, Clear Creek Lake was 61 inches below average, which is 3 inches higher than when measured on May 15.

At Clear Creek Lake, Russell Herring went boating on May 13 and again on May 19, and found the lake level lower the second time.

“I think it went down a bit since Saturday,” Herring said. “I actually launched pretty well last week, but I’ve had to back up farther this time.

“It’s seems to be dropping pretty quick.”

Two lakes were higher on May 15 than Dec. 5, 2005.

Lake Fuqua was 10 inches below usual, which is an inch lower than this month.

Lake Humphreys was 15 inches below average then, which is 8 inches lower than the level was May 15.

Waurika Lake was measured at 14.4 inches below normal on Jan. 4. This is 5.4 inches higher than May 15.

Vaughn said that to measure the lake levels, there is a procedure that occurs every month. The person measuring the levels goes to a specific spot at each dock and measures the distance from the dock to the water using a ruler.

“You have to measure with waves flapping at you,” Vaughn said. “You then use your best judgment.”

Eric Clay, who went boating on Clear Creek Lake on May 19, said the lake was getting low enough to affect boating on the lake.

“It’s pretty bad,” Clay said. “On the other side of the lake, you can’t launch a boat because the water’s too low.

“It’s pretty sad.”

Clay said he was concerned that by July Clear Creek Lake would be low enough to where people would not be allowed to swim.

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