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Attempts to Move Grounded Ship Unsuccessful

Oct 3, 2012
Stephen Lance Denee

Two attempts to free the U.S.S. LST 325 from shallow water yesterday afternoon were unsuccessful. The World War II transport ship is stuck in Lake Barkley near Kuttawa. U. S. Coast Guard Spokesman Lieutenant Dan McQuate says a salvage expert directed a commercial tugboat to try to pull the ship out, but it remained stuck. The LST crew also attempted to back up under the ship’s own power.

Salvage Expert at Site of LST 325 Grounding

Oct 3, 2012
Stephen Lance Denee

A salvage expert is surveying the site of a grounded World War II-era ship in Lake Barkley. U. S. Coast Guard Spokesman Lieutenant Dan McQuate says a salvage plan could be submitted today, depending on how complicated moving the ship will be. The U.S.S. LST 325 ran aground in shallow water Monday night after it left the navigation channel for unknown reasons.

WW II American Military Vessel Stuck in Lake Barkley

Oct 2, 2012
Stephen Lance Denee

A World War II-era ship will remain stuck in Lake Barkley for the time being. Spokesman Lieutenant Dan McQuate says the U.S.S. LST 325 ran aground in shallow waters around 7 p.m. Monday after it left the main navigation channel. McQuate says it’s unclear why the ship was off course. He says the 42-person crew will remain on board as officials plan what to do next.

Tours of the Lake Barkley Dam powerhouse and navigation lock in Grand Rivers have resumed for the first time since the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

Alcohol Sales at State Parks Provide KY with Revenue

Jul 3, 2012
Davide Campari

Ever since five Kentucky state parks began selling alcohol by the drink last August, liquor sales have procured more than $110,000 for the state. 

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Officials say Sunday's rain was not enough to counter the effects of drought on Barkley and Kentucky lakes. National Weather Service meteorologists report the region's rainfall is about 11 inches below the average.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says low levels on Lake Barkley means boaters will need to be careful on the water over the Memorial Day weekend.  

Scott Ellison here, with the FLW Weekly Fishing Report.

As there hasn’t been enough rain to settle the dust, the lake is about three feet low and there’s no sign that it’s going to go up anytime soon. Still, the air temperature has moderated, the water level is staying fairly stable and the fishing has gotten a lot better for most species.

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Lake Barkley water levels are at a record low for this time of year. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers says the lake is at just over 356 feet, almost three feet below normal. The low levels are due to a lack of rainfall in the latter part of March and all of April. The Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority continue to conserve and store water in an attempt to reach summer pool, around 359 feet. But without more rain, it is unlikely that either Barkley or Kentucky Lake will reach summer pool anytime soon.