Water levels on Smith Lake will begin to slowly lower starting in July for scheduled maintenance on the hydropower plant at Smith Dam.

Beginning July 1, the water level at Smith Lake will gradually lower from its summer operating level near 510 feet to near 501 feet by Aug. 16. From there, the lake level will continue a steady decline until the lake reaches its winter pool level near 496 feet around the middle of November, where the lake will remain through the winter.

“The drawdown is necessary as we continue to manage Smith Lake during this scheduled maintenance,” said Lisa Martindale, Alabama Power’s Reservoir Management manager. “Since lake levels will be somewhat lower than normal during this time, we ask that precautions are taken as people continue to enjoy the lake.”

With lake levels lower, it’s a good time for residents to get a head start on shoreline maintenance. Those interested in doing so should apply for the necessary lakeshore-use permits now by visiting apcshorelines.com/permits or by calling the local Shoreline Management Office at 205-384-7385 before beginning any construction along the shoreline.

As always, we encourage individuals with boats and other water-related equipment and facilities to pay close attention to the changing conditions on the lake, remain mindful of personal safety and be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

Weather conditions could impact this schedule and these lake elevations and projections are subject to change.

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