The current water level on Cross Lake in Shreveport is close to a historic low. The current water level is 169.70 feet above sea level, which is almost 3 feet lower than the average. Cross Lake serves as the City of Shreveport water supply. This has been one of the driest summer’s in years for Texas and Louisiana.
Besides the rain being an issue, there has also been nothing done by the City of Shreveport to push an initiative for the dredging of Cross Lake in Shreveport. The depth of the lake has decreased by almost five feet since 1980 and a dredging project is desperately needed by the city of Shreveport. If the issue is not addressed in the next several years then the future cost of the dredging project will be more than the city could possibly afford. The city leadership needs to step it up, push forward and propose a budget to dredge the lake before the silt builds up beyond what the man made lake can bare.
Cross Lake is hosting BFL American Fishing tournament on May 19 to 21st. The top anglers competing for $130,000 and spot in Forrest Wood Cup. They can keep anything that is 12 to 13 inches or over 17 inches.This video was taken this morning at 7am when all the boats were heading out on the lake, from American Legion Hall located at 5315 South Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport. Each day of the tournament they will be heading out at 7 a.m.
The water level on Cross Lake as of October 2010 is the lowest its been since 2001 when it was at 168.05. The current water level is 168.96.
The annual average precipitation in Shreveport is 52.38 Inches. So far in 2010 Shreveport has only had 22.07 inches of rain.