Florida Lake now completely empty
Topic started on 19-6-2012 @ 08:34 PM by getreadyalready
We have a lake here in my town, it is normally a pretty large lake.
Wiki says the lake is typically about 6.2 square miles (approx 4000 acres) with a maximum depth of 92 feet. I have friends that put their boats in and fish and duck hunt on the lake.
A few days ago a friend of mine went to put his boat in, and he couldn't find any ramps with water. Today another friend of mine walked out across the barren lake and took this picture of the last bit of water draining out.
Now, this particular lake has a cycle of draining about every 25 years. The Florida Aquifer is limestone, and sinkholes in this lake are fairly common. When the aquifer gets low, the lake will drain, but it rarely goes 100% dry. In fact, I don't know anyone that can remember the last time it went 100% dry. Also, it is known to be on a 25 year cycle, but it drained in 1999 and 2007. Recently it was making a pretty good comeback and boat traffic was becoming a common sight on the lake. Also, just prior to this week's draining, we had a period of 10 straight days of heavy afternoon rains. The lake and the aquifer should have been in recovery mode, not draining mode. We also had a piece of the tropical storm about a month ago. We are technically in a drought, but we appeared to be recovering from that drought.
Another oddity. I have a runoff pond behind my house. Probably about a 3 acre pond, and it was much, much lower back in Dec/Jan, but it is currently pretty full, with a nice contingent of bream, bass, and catfish, 2 river otters, and about a 4 foot gator.
So, my little pond is doing great, but our 4000 acre lake is now dry.
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