LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - The brutal drought and heat wave gripping the country is taking its toll on lakes throughout East Texas.
"[Lake levels] have dropped considerably, especially in the last month--month and a half," said Texas Game Warden David Pellizzari.
Officials said Lake-O-the Pines is down nearly three feet from normal levels; Lake Gilmer is down a foot-and-a-half; Lake Gladewater is down nearly two feet.
"There's sandbars and stumps that weren't there a couple of weeks ago," said Pellizzari. "Every stump that you see out here, there's probably five or 10 more that you don't see a foot deep."
There's also more oxygen-choking hydrilla in the warm water, along with bacteria which could make some lake-goers ill.
"We need a lot of rain and its not going to be an overnight fix," said Pellizzari.