Drought

Droughts can do significant harm to the industry, dropping water levels so low in lakes, rivers and streams that boaters can't use them and dealers, boatyards and marinas lose significant business.

Indiana boaters hit the water after drought ends

After a long drought that affected Indiana’s boaters and fishermen when reservoirs began drying up, officials are telling boaters to get back on the water. Recent rains have started bringing water levels back to normal and Lt. Bill Browne, with Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, tells WIBC radio it’s just in time for the end…more

Drought conditions hamper Lake Michigan

As the drought contributes to a continued drop in the level of Lake Michigan, residents, fishing operators and others who use the harbors and docks in the northwestern Lower Peninsula are facing hazards and hassles. The lake’s water levels are down 11 inches from 2011, and record low levels could be ahead if the drought…more

Drought challenges anglers in Pennsylvania

At a sidewalk vantage point near the Perry Monument on Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., about 10 yards of muck and a few dead weeds separated tourists from the waters of Misery Bay. At the beaches, rocky breakwaters that are normally a brisk swim from shore are connected to the peninsula by strips of sand.…more

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Record heat, drought turn boating lakes into dust bowls in hardest-hit areas of the nation’s midsection Unseasonably warm and dry summers have helped temper the effects of the economic downturn, but now they may be too much of a good thing. The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat…more

Drought-delayed boat traffic starts moving on the Mississippi

Barge traffic resumed along an 11-mile stretch of the drought-ravaged Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss., but dozens of vessels waited their turn Thursday to pass in the shrunken waterway — creating a costly situation for barge owners that could be passed on to consumers. The Mississippi, the country’s primary highway for barge traffic, has dropped…more

Low water strands boats on Mississippi River

The Coast Guard said 97 boats and barges were waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11,…more

Drought slows flow of commerce on the Mississippi

The Coast Guard estimates that $50 billion to $60 billion of commerce flows through the Mississippi River every year, but the mighty waterway isn’t as big as usual when the country suffers from a drought, as it has this summer. Barges that carry such cargo as high fructose corn syrup, grain, coal and diesel fuel…more

Drought has some hoping for a hurricane

The nation’s widespread drought shows no signs of relenting, causing more than one boat dealer to wish in desperation for a hurricane. “In Phoenix itself it’s hurt us because you just don’t go out on a boat when it’s 110 degrees,” said Mark Friedrich of West Marine in Phoenix. “[On a recent day] it was…more

Dealers say ethanol damage increases with drought

Some boat dealers in states affected by drought and high temperatures say they’re seeing an increase in boats with ethanol damage. “We’re seeing more boats affected by ethanol because the boats are sitting longer,” Jeff Seims, at Blue Springs Marine near Kansas City, Mo., told Soundings Trade Only. “They might use them once every month…more

VIDEO: Drought closes boat ramps in Colorado

Boat ramps at a Colorado reservoir are closing for the rest of the year as the water level drops because of drought conditions. Ramps across the country have closed as drought conditions worsen, according to news reports. The boat ramps at Williams Fork reservoir no longer reach the surface of the water, according to the…more

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