- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Low water levels on Utah Lake have changed the way state officials patrol the waters and make it difficult to rescue stranded boats.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/29ck1fr ) drought has left the lake at its lowest level since 2004, with water at the marina at 3 feet or less. It usually is 8 to 9 feet deep.

Utah Lake State Park manager Jason Allen says park officials now use a flat-bottom duck hunting boat for shallow water that cannot pull in stranded boats or cross rough water.

Allen says in a recent storm, law enforcement rescued a group of boaters but their stalled watercraft had to remain on the water because it couldn’t be twoed in.

Allen says the parks division is bringing in a bigger river boat up from Green River to help but the watercraft won’t be there until mid-July.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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