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Summer construction season hits highways in and near Kamloops

Date: 6/23/2016 3:08:00 PM

Highway 97C from Logan Lake to Highland Valley Copper Mine, Highway 8 through Merritt, and Douglas Lake Road are all being resurfaced beginning in early August while work on 13 kilometres of Long Lake Road and a short section of Highway 1 from Springhill

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Gondola part of summer plan

Date: 6/23/2016 6:59:00 AM

He said there’s also been some problems at the campground at Howard Douglas Lake. “It’s a pretty critical campground for people coming out from Mount Assiniboine and that campsite is often filled beyond capacity,” said Bunyan. “There’s lots of

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TWRA, Jefferson County crews searching for man on Douglas Lake

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 6/21/2016 3:09:00 PM

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Jefferson County officials on Tuesday were searching Douglas Lake for a 76-year-old man who went into the water to help some children swimming near their boat and never resurfaced. "What witnesses are saying is

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Rescue crews dragging Douglas Lake to search for drowning victim


Date: 6/21/2016 1:10:00 PM

DANDRIDGE (WATE) – Rescue crews in Jefferson County are searching for a 76-year-old man who jumped in Douglas Lake to help a kid that was struggling to swim and never surfaced. Jefferson County Rescue Squad Captain J. Rey Walker said the incident

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Man doesn't resurface near Henderson Island on Douglas Lake


Date: 6/21/2016 11:17:00 AM

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) --According to a spokesman with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, a 76-year-old man drowned near Henderson Island on Douglas Lake. TWRA says the man jumped from a boat and didn't resurface. This happened at about 12 p.m. Tuesday

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• River: French Broad River
• Length: 550 Miles
• Surface Area: 30,400 Acres
• Volume: 1,514,100 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 4,541 Square Miles
• Length: 43 Miles

Size & Depth - 30,400 acres with a maximum depth of 140 feet. The lake extends 43.1 miles upstream from the Douglas Dam.

Water Source - An impoundment of the French Broad River completed in 1943. The Nolichucky and Pigeon rivers are the primary tributaries, and there are numerous small inlet creeks.

During rainy seasons, it is not uncommon for the lake to rise as much as 15 to 20 feet in a day or two, if heavy rains occur in the nearby Appalachians. Summer levels are usually relatively stable.

Water - Very fertile and green in color. Water clarity is greatest near the dam, while the upper sections of the lake are usually stained. In general, the lake stains easily following heavy rains due to the muddy bottom. Thermal stratification (thermocline) usually develops in the summer months. Dissolved oxygen becomes depleted below the thermocline during late summer (July and August), making fishing tough until cooler fall weather arrives.

Bottom - Mostly silt and clay with some areas of rock outcroppings and bluffs.

Shoreline - Only about 17% of the shoreline is developed; the remainder is controlled by the TVA. Rolling hills of farmland and residential areas surround the lake.

Cover - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has placed many fish attractors in the lake, mainly in the backs of hollows where they are marked by signs or buoys.

At full pool, downed trees along the bank offer cover for gamefish. In winter or spring, before the lake rises, cover is scarce and fish are found on channel drop-offs and rock outcroppings. Timber was cut prior to flooding, leaving numerous stump-covered flats. Due to the large drawdown, aquatic vegetation is lacking.
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