Drought conditions have forced Duke Energy officials to close several boat ramps along Lake Wylie.
Because of the low water levels, two of the four boat ramps at Buster Boyd Access Area were closed Wednesday.
Duke Energy Spokeswoman Jennifer Joban said the closures are meant to ensure the safety of visitors and to protect boat owners’ property.
“We do not take these decisions lightly,” Joban said. “We know these ramps are a valuable access point for boaters in the Charlotte area.”
Joban said boaters can damage their boat engines and vehicles when the lake levels get too low. “We are monitoring the levels daily,” Joban said. “It is not safe for people to drive too far down the ramps. Their vehicles can get stuck and it can result in serious property damage.”
All four ramps at Allison Creek Access Area remain closed.
Copperhead Island boat ramps have also been closed to boaters.
Officials said they will continue to evaluate conditions throughout the week.
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