Bull Shoals Rising Lake Level Concerns

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THEODOSIA, Mo. — An increase in water levels on Bull Shoals Lake is causing a decrease in revenue for local business owners.

Theodosia Marina and Resort right off of Bull Shoals Lake, has been a family owned business for more than 65 years.

But now, the hot spot for anglers and vacationers isn’t drawing as many visitors because of the rise in water levels. 

Bill Cook is owner and operator of the marina.

“We have no parking lot. We have no launching ramp. We have two launching tramps ..a high water..recently built. Which is out of commission,” Cook said, “And we have a normal ramp..it’s out of commission.  Campsites are going by the wayside. The corps part.”

Tracy Strong, who fishes in the lake said, “They prepare for White Bass season. And with the high waters, no parking, no boat ramps. No fishing.”

Cook believes the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is sitting on the answer. 

“This is hydro-electricity sitting here stored,” said Cook, “So they tend to want to sit on some of this for the summer season. But it creates these monsters for us. So they need to generate at the right time. We had a shot about a few weeks ago, we had a hard rain. It came up, they had time to generate it out. They shut us off. Got Table Rock drained back into us.” 

So, what about the corps releaseing the water from Bull Shoals into the river? Bruce Caldwell, of the corps says they say there’s a policy that must be followed. 

“We are mandated that we cannot release a certain amount of water, once that flood guage reaches a certain level,” Caldwell said, “In fact..we were only allowed 14 feet up until the 8th of May. And just a few days ago, it changed to 12 feet.”

“People need to understand that Bull Shoals lake is made to hold flood water,” said Caldwell.

Cook says Memorial Day weekend is one of his busiest times. He’s preparing and hoping for lake levels to maintain.

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