Drought in 2002 adversely affected recreational boating on Lake Perry in Jefferson County, Kansas. The two previous years saw flooding. A drop of lake level by some 6 to 8 feet below the norm was a disappointment to slip renters at Rock Creek Marina. Hot weather came with dryness. The fish weren't biting. All in all, a disappointing summer for water-related recreation.

water's edge at the slip

beached dock
visiting pelican
swimming in puddles

Photos taken in Sept. 2002
downhill ramp to the slip
comparision, low water, 2002, with high water 2000
Comparing water levels.
The lake was 18 feet lower (2002) than flood stage (2000). In the current photo (left) the water would have covered the parked truck. The parking lot was covered over in 2000.
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2002 Lake Perry

All photos © 2002 by Carol Yoho
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