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Draw down of Crooked Lake and Pickerel Lake to start November 1

Two lakes in Emmet County will be under a draw down starting November 1 and officials are urging people to remove their boats as soon as possible.

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Two lakes in Emmet County will soon be under a draw down and officials are urging people to remove their boats as soon as possible.

Emmet county Officials will open the Crooked River locks November 1 per the regulation plan with the Department of Army Corps Engineers. Boat owners need to move boats as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary complications due to lower lake levels. Locks are in operation Saturdays and Sundays during the month of October.

Crooked Lake and Pickerel Lake levels will begin to drop on November 1, 2017, when the Crooked River Locks will remain open for the winter months.

Emmet County officials are encouraging owners to move their boats as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary complications. Keep in mind that the Crooked River locks are open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the month of October.

Emmet County officials monitor/regulate Crooked Lake Levels as follows;

(1). Raise lake level to elevation 595.4 ft (IGLD 1985) by 27 May, and hold 595.4 ft, or as near as possible, thru 30 September.

(2). After November 1, open gates and draw the lake down to the maximum possible, leaving the gates fully open throughout the winter as long as conditions allow.


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