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Be careful: high water

Pier under water on Belle Isle Drive. Note the ramp going up to the floating dock.

April 27. Lake Norman, typically high this time of year, is very nearly at full pond with lots of debris floating around. Some docks are under water, and some ramps actually are on an uphill climb out to the dock. [We took this picture on Belle Isle Drive.]

The Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) said boaters should use extreme caution during daylight hours, and discourages dusk to dawn boating which is considered “extremely dangerous.” The late is about a tenth of an inch less than full pond.

The LNMC also reminded all boaters that they are responsible for the wake created by their vessel and the damage that the wake may cause.  Boaters should take extra precaution with regard to boat wakes during this period of high water.  Especially during periods of high water, boat wakes can cause significant damage to docks, piers, seawalls and moored water craft.

If you’re ready to stick a toe in the water, it’s a balmy 72 degrees.