Both Berlin and Mosquito lakes levels are slightly above normal heading into the Memorial Day weekend.
For avid fisher Howard Jewell, that means he’ll be taking out his boat more than last year, when a mild winter and a dry spring kept water levels low.
“So far this year I’ve been out quite a bit, two or three times a week at least, so a big difference from last year,” he said.
Last year, Mosquito Lake’s summer levels were about 5.5 feet lower than they are now.
“As soon as you left the marina there were sandbars and submerged hazards so it definitely was a challenge and in some cases unsafe,” said Dianne Kolodziejski of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Swimmers and boaters already enjoyed the summer-like weather on Monday. With lake levels normalized, the Corps of Engineers expects even more visitors.
“Let’s make sure that we have all the equipment that we need, the safety things that we have and suntan lotion is not a bad idea,” Kolodziejski said.
Boaters also can take advantage of the freshly dredged break wall at the Route 88 causeway. This year, it’s deeper and safer.
“There won’t be a sandbar issue or very, very low water where boats can’t even cross beside each other,” Kolodziejski said. “It’s in much better condition right now.”