Several camping areas at the El Dorado Lake were closed by Friday afternoon due to increasing lake levels following the overnight rain Thursday night and Friday morning.


Several camping areas at the El Dorado Lake were closed by Friday afternoon due to increasing lake levels following the overnight rain Thursday night and Friday morning.

This caused the relocation of some campers at the lake.

“The lake has come up 1.6 feet since 2 a.m., so it is coming up fast,” said Kurt Bookout, director of public utilities, at about 2 p.m. Friday.

The rain flooded camp grounds, causing the lake to close Areas One, Two Three and Four in Bluestem Point as well as Area 2 in Boulder Bluff and boat ramp two in Boulder Bluff.

According to the Corp of Engineers, the water is expected to peak by noon today.

Friday evening they did a gate change to let out 2,200 cubic feet per second of water to help relieve the flooding issues, although they were only releasing 464 cubic feet per second prior to that.

The problems were due to the increase in inflow.

The inflow at 11 a.m. Friday was 23,263 cubic feet per second, which slowed to 20,225 CFS by noon Friday.

“The inflow should equal the outflow,” Bookout said, adding that normal inflow was between 400 and 500 CFS. “What was coming in at 11 a.m. was 10 million gallons per minute, but it is slowing down a little bit.”

The lake’s flood pool was about 44 percent full Friday afternoon.

The increase at the lake has not affected El Dorado’s water quality though.