BIRDSEYE, IN (WAVE) - It was a blue sky on a Saturday in June on the second largest lake in Indiana.
The water temperature felt like a bathtub. Two bass fishing tournaments were underway. They just dumped 800 more tons of sand on the beach.
But officials with the Indiana Department of Natural resources have decided to close the beaches on Patoka Lake and three other Indiana state parks.
They said extremely low lake levels have become a public safety hazard.
"It's the same thing as diving in the shallow end of a pool. You don't know what's under the water and now things have changed. Now you have an irregular shaped shoreline under the water that you cannot see when you're walking in the water," said Reservoir Supervisor Tom Riley.
They've closed the beaches many times here before because of high water. Closing them because of low water is an unprecedented move here.
"Wow that's incredible. I didn't know it was that bad but I could see why they would want to do that when it gets this low, it could be dangerous for people," said boater Emily McClanahan.
"I've never seen it this low before. I've been coming for years. I've never seen it this low," said boater Kent Smith.
"Over Memorial day weekend we did have a near drowning," said Riley. "A young gentleman got out too deep over what he expected and he went under. Everything was fine but he had to be transported."
Riley said the lake level will have to come up at least a couple of feet before they'll reopen the beaches.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:35 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:35:01 GMT
SAND CREEK TOWNSHIP, IN (WAVE) – A 12-year-old Jennings County boy was accidentally shot in the head by his 16-year-old brother late Monday night while handling firearms in their home, according to theMore >>
Investigators said the 16-year-old had been handling a .22 caliber rifle when it discharged while the rest of the family was asleep.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:56 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A teenage girl found dead in a Shelby County creek Monday morning has been identified.Deputy coroner Jeff Ivers said Jackleen Lane, 15, of Bagdad, KY drowned. She was last seenMore >>
How Jackleen Lane, 15, ended up in the creek has not been determined.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:15 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:15:10 GMT
SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 15-year-old found dead in a Shelbyville creek Monday morning drowned, according to Deputy Coroner Jack Ivers. The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was goingMore >>
The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was going to the Shelby County Fair on Saturday, but never called or came home.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:23:04 GMT
Police discover a meth lab at a house in the Jacobsville area of Evansville. Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night. That's after receiving complaints of an odorMore >>
Officers were called to the scene at 302 East Tennessee around 11:00 Monday night.More >>