The Town of Lake Lure, NC proactively lowers the lake on a three-year cycle to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures. The Marine Commission held a special public forum on 8/13/19 to discuss and gather input on the cycle and timing of lowering the lake. Thank you to the approximately 65 people who participated in the meeting.
The purpose of lowering the lake during the offseason is to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures, including boathouses, docks and seawalls. By having a schedule in place, property owners can plan for the desired work and have a contractor and permits in place prior to the lake being lowered. The Town has lowered the lake between 4-5 feet on a three-year cycle in the past.
The Marine Commission presented the pros and cons associated with lowering the lake for these reasons during the meeting. Citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions as individuals and by a show of hands so the Marine Commission could assess the number of people in the room who supported various options for lowering the lake.
Ultimately, the Marine Commission voted to begin the drawdown of the lake on December 1, 2019, and to begin raising the lake to full pond on February 10, 2020. Town Staff requested that the lake be lowered for at least thirty days to replace a valve in the sewer line mandated by the state. The Town retains the ability to lower the lake at other times, as necessary, due to the weather, maintenance, dredging, construction, or for evaluation/inspections.