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Drought Forces Boat Ramp Closings at Ocmulgee
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As most of Central Georgia continues to say in an exceptional drought, the lack of rain has forced officials at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area to shut down several of their boat ramps.

On a usual fishing trip, Larry Carver cruises the water in a bass boat. "I came down about a week and a half ago and it was so low we decided to use the little john boat," says Carver from Cochran.

The drought plaguing Georgia has drained the lake at the Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area.

"Well it's low and it's really dry. It's about as dry as popcorn fart," says 16-year-old Levi Rose, who was fishing with his little brother. "If it were full, It'd be past me," said 12-year-old Wyatt Rose.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a suspected leak coupled with very little rainfall has plummeted water levels more than 12-feet below full pool.

"This is probably the fullest point in the lake," says Levi. "It's bad bad. I was talking to the game boys about a week and a half a go and they said they weren't going to close it as long as somebody can get a kayak in," says Carver.

Boat ramps are closed in Bleckley and Pulaski counties until further notice but people still came out to cast a line.

"Came out at the crack of daylight to figure if we can fish a little bit. Didn't have too much luck," says Carver.

"I'm here to catch a fish so I can eat them for supper," says Levi.

Officials also closed down several boat ramps at Lake Lanier. The water level at the lake is more than three feet lower than it was this time last year. They're closing ramps at Burton Mill, Duckett Mill, and Bethal Park.

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