Buddy sits atop the Ram, all dressed up and no place to
go. Looking at the rock formation off-shore, note the line
between grey and red rock. That should be the lake's
waterline. The white rectangle at center is the roof of the
fishing float that should be at least level with the top of the rocks.
The floating walkway should be roughly level
with the parking lot.
Between the float's height and my height of eye, the camera
is about 15-ft. off the lake bottom, and is still looking up at
what should be the water level.
This was my first sight of the lake. I'm standing on the
riprap that borders the lake and protects the road from
erosion, which is no longer an issue. The line of bushes
between me and the remaining water is the foundation
of a normally submerged building. Everything between
the rocks in the foreground and the tree-line at the base
of the mountains should be lake water.
Except for the vegetation on the bank in the foreground
and some peaks in the distance, you should be seeing
nothing here but deep water and fishermen angling for
large striped bass and walleye, all now dead.
State officials say Southwest Oklahoma is experiencing the worst drought since 1895. We may not wish to be so bold as to seek heavy rain for 40 days and 40 nights, but to fix either the drought or fill the lakes, it would take at least a couple years of rains so much above normal that we’d become thoroughly sick and tired of rain.