Lake Marion water levels likely to stay steady over summer months

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Lake Marion has seen better days, but at least it's better than it was back in February.

"There was no water here," Trey Smiley, one of the people who helps run Polly's Landing, said. "You could walk across the end of the lagoon right here."

The drought--so bad it would cause boats to get stuck on the shore.

According to the National Weather Service, the lake dropped to 66.6 feet--a record low set back on Dec. 15.

The water levels are now rising.

"We're happy with the way the water is now," Smiley Said.

Today, the water level is at 74.3 feet.

The National Weather Service says the normal level for Lake Marion this time of year is 75.6 feet.

"I talked to a lot of people around here and they said it wouldn't be back up by this summer," Smiley said.

Trey is sure glad they were wrong.

Business is back up according to Smiley, who says that he sees cars coming in and out of the landing.

"You see a lot of people back out here now. I guess they got a little spark in them," Smiley said.

Smiley just hopes that we don't go through another drought like last summer.

Al Moore, a hydro-meteorological technician at the National Weather Service says that the overall outlook shows no trend that Lake Marion's water levels will drop. In fact, he expects them to stay the same for the next three months.

Reported by Trey Paul

Posted by Jeremy Turnage