EUREKA - The lake is beckoning visitors, but not for its beauty or fishing. As the water level diminished over the past three weeks in preparation for the extermination of the European carp, the curious are showing up to gaze and treasure hunt.
Local officials first opened the 30-acre lake's drain valve and then decided to further reduce the water level up to three to five acres by pumping, according to Mayor Scott Zimmer. That resulted in a big, mucky shore littered with stuff.
"A lot of people have found it very interesting watching the shoreline go down and seeing what it looks like," Zimmer said. "There have been many visitors walking along the shore, seeing what they can find and some are using metal detectors."
So far, searchers have found bricks, glass containers, fishing line, lures and lead weights, clamshells, a few really old cell phones and a broken bicycle. A few families retrieved a significant number of flying discs that resulted from errant throws from the nearby disc golf course.
See article on Sept. 6 Woodford County Journal newsstands