Beginning this November 27th, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries also known as the DGIF will lower the water level of Lake Keokee in Lee County. The lake's level will be drawn down roughly three and a half feet and maintained at that level until roughly the first week of February in 2018.
The purpose of the drawdown is to allow DGIF personnel an opportunity to remove the tops of standing timber that currently make boat navigation difficult and pose a variety of safety hazards. It is hoped that exposing the roots of the shoreline vegetation to freezing temperatures will have the added benefit of helping to reduce the coverage of the water shield in the lake.
During this drawdown period the lake will remain open for fishing, although anglers will most likely be unable to launch boats from the ramp because of the lowered lake water level.
Anyone desiring additional information may contact Jeff Williams, of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at the Marion Regional Office by phoning 276-783-4860