Water levels on Lake Hartwell reach historic highs - FOX Carolina 21

Water levels on Lake Hartwell reach historic highs

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High lake levels floods a dock at a Lake Hartwell marina. (July 7, 2013/FOX Carolina) High lake levels floods a dock at a Lake Hartwell marina. (July 7, 2013/FOX Carolina)
LAKE HARTWELL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The water levels on Lake Hartwell are reaching record highs, with water levels recorded at 663.8 feet deep on Sunday.

The lake has not been that high in 20 years. Excess rainfall has filled up the lake to the point that beaches and docks are now well under water.

In order to launch a boat, visitors must first walk through several inches of water flooding the ramp.

"Because docks are attached to concrete monuments, they're fixed at the end, and the water has sort of risen above that," said marina owner David Freeman.

Freeman said the record-breaking water has been a big boost for business, bringing back boaters who hadn't bothered to visit the lake during the multi-year drought.

"Boating is much more active this year, people are really out on the water enjoying the water," said Freeman. 

Now there's just one more record those around the lake are hoping to shatter, the 50-year-old level of 650 feet of water in the pool. Sunday the levels were only about a foot below that record.

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