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Trying to get out on Lake Oahe will take a little extra effort this summer.

The lake is twenty-two feet lower than it was during the flood of 2011.

That's left Beaver Bay west of Linton looking more like a slough than recreation area.

Jared Piepenburg has the story.

Tom Jochim/Voices of Lake Oahe: "It will be a little tricky getting out to the main channel."

That will be the case this year on Lake Oahe. Most boat ramps are high and dry.

Tom Jochim/Voices for Lake Oahe: "The main ramp of course won't be able to be used. That just isn't going to work.

We do have an access point toward the east which is called the low water ramp for beaver bay."

The Voices for Lake Oahe have purchased a dock for the low water ramp and are waiting for a little work to be done by the corps.

Tom Jochim/Voices for Lake Oahe:"We are hoping that the corps of engineers will get down here within the next week. Clear some sand off of the lower water ramp so we can at least install the dock."

The outlook isn't promising. Jochim says the Corp told him the lake level won't change much this year.

Tom Jochim/Voices for Lake Oahe: "As you can see we don't have much water down here. Lake Oahe has been drained quite a bit here starting last summer already."

If Oahe gets any lower, he says some of the low water ramps won't be usable.

There won't be water skiing in Beaver Bay and it may take a little depth finder work to make it out to the main channel, but Jochim says

"It's been worse, it's been worse. It's sad to see that we went from a record high and having a nice elevation to within 8 months time they dropped it so severely and this is what we have to work with.

Lake Oahe was at it highest point of the reservoir during the flood of 2011. (1619.7)

It was at its lowest point in 2006--nearly fifty feet below that point.

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