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Signs warn boaters of low levels at Utah Lake

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Aug 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-16 00:05:46-04

UTAH LAKE, Utah -- Boaters at Utah Lake are suffering in what has been a good year for reservoirs in northern Utah.

While Jordanelle, Starvation and Strawberry are holding more than 75 percent of their capacity, Utah Lake is sitting 4.36 feet below full, at 55 percent of capacity.

"Every time we go someplace, go up to a dock or something, we dig up a bunch of mud and we can't get to it," said Brittany Christianson, a teenager who was out boating with friends on the lake.

Signs at the Provo Harbor say "Boaters Beware", warning that boats may be damaged in shallow water, and the harbor only has two of its five boat ramps open.

The state parks website warns of the shallow water as well.

FOX 13 News went out on the lake with a measuring stick and found the harbor 3-feet deep in the middle, the channel from the harbor to the lake ranged from 4.5 to 5.5-feet deep. The deepest measurement taken by our crew was 6.5-feet, and that was about a mile off shore.