Oh, the difference a year makes

   Oh, the difference a year makes on Barren River Lake.
   On May 7, 2011, the lake crested at 577.93 ft., which was over 25 ft. above summer pool of 552 ft.
   On May 10, 2012, today, the lake is at 542.69 ft., which is  almost 10 ft. below summer pool.
   The hopes of reaching summer pool by Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff for summer is slim.
   The Barren River Lake State Park beach, which has been closed for the past two years due to high water, is unable to open until the lake reaches 554 ft., or 2 ft. above summer pool.
   The dam is releasing the minimal amount of 50 cubic ft. of water per second, which is required to supply communities and wildlife downstream.
   Below are photos of Port Oliver Recreation Area, located next to the dam. The first photos is of Port Oliver on May 7, 2012, while the second one is of Port Oliver on May 3, 2011.
   To monitor lake and river levels, click Barren River and Lake Levels.


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