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High water levels continue to close sections of Jordan Lake Park

Posted January 5, 2016 4:43 p.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2016 5:22 p.m. EST

— The rain may have finally stopped, but all of the leftover water is still causing problems. High water has shut down nearly all activity at Jordan Lake; hiking, boating and fishing are not currently permitted.

“This is the highest I’ve seen it in my eight years at Jordan Lake,” said Jordan Lake Park superintendent, Shederick Mole.

Normal lake levels measure around 216 feet; lake levels were measured at 231.97 feet Tuesday afternoon.

There are about 250 campsites in the state-owned area of Jordan Lake, but now only about 50 of them are open.

“A lot of the damage will be to the infrastructure,” Mole said. “The road itself under washing. We’ll have problems with the campsites themselves.”

Phillip Call, a camper at the lake this season, said he enjoys the area, but not for the boating and fishing.

“Just to be outside,” Call said. “We don’t like the city.”

For now, park officials said all they can do is wait.

Lake levels have decreased two feet from its peak about a week ago. Officials said there is no estimate on when the state park can reopen to the public.