The Cornelius Police Department’s Lake Patrol Division on Friday warned boaters and personal watercraft users of low water levels in Lake Norman.
As of Friday, North Carolina’s largest manmade lake stood at 95.54 feet, almost 4.5 feet below full pond, police said.
Low lake levels create dangerous conditions, police said, as previously underwater obstacles can appear on or near the surface.
Friday’s warning came the same week the U.S. Drought Monitor announced that severe drought has expanded in the Charlotte region to include much of Mecklenburg, Union and Catawba counties.
Lake Patrol recommends using GPS or a depth finder to navigate the lake safely.
Watch out for rocks and stumps that are now too close to the surface, the division said in an alert on the town of Cornelius website.
The Cornelius Police Department’s Lake Patrol Division has taken over duties formerly held on Lake Norman by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s lakes enforcement unit.