Low water affecting Nebraska boaters this fall

Georgetown County public boat ramp.
Georgetown County public boat ramp.(SOURCE: WMBF)
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 6:54 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - People planning to launch boats in Nebraska this fall should beware of low-water conditions across the state.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission advises boaters to be patient and cautious when launching and loading a boat.

Many of boat ramps have been extended to counter these low-water conditions, but drought conditions still warrant users to be cautious while launching and loading.

Game and Parks recommends boat operators have a spotter with them or check to see if the end of the ramp is visible from the shoreline or dock before launching, if water clarity allows.

Local staff are a great resource to get the most current ramp conditions as water levels and ramp conditions vary from one water body to the next.

When a water body’s level drops, less of the boat ramp is underwater, reducing the length of the ramp for a successful launch, which can cause problems launching and loading a boat.

Once on the water, boat operators should also be mindful of the increased possibility of underwater hazards during low-water conditions.