Forest Service temporarily lowers Okhissa Lake for repairs

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The Homochitto National Forest Service announced Tuesday it is temporarily lowering the water level at Okhissa Lake in Meadville so workers can make necessary repairs to a damaged gate.

The drawdown of 12 feet should take about three to four weeks. The time needed to repair the gate will be determined once the drawdown is complete.

With the lower water levels, boaters should expect at some point that they will not be able to use the north boat ramp. Forest Service staff will monitor the south boat ramp for accessibility over the coming weeks. Boating speeds will also be limited to idle speeds until repairs are made and the water level rises.

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“We certainly understand the appreciation visitors and the community have for Okhissa Lake,” said Homochitto District Ranger Shaun Williamson. “We hope to get the repairs made and the water back up to its normal level as soon as possible.”