PowerSouth to lower Point A Lake Sept. 15

Published 12:57 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

PowerSouth will lower the water level in Point A Lake beginning Sept. 15, 2017, to allow for maintenance to the Point A Hydroelectric Dam. The lake will be lowered approximately 22 feet over about two weeks’ time.

As the water is lowered, PowerSouth will work with state and federal natural resource agencies to recover and relocate species of endangered mussels to Gantt Lake and Patsaliga Creek.


Property owners who plan to construct or repair docks, piers, seawalls, boat ramps and other structures during the drawdown are required to obtain a permit by contacting PowerSouth’s Corporate Real Estate Department at (334) 427-3000. Property owners should begin the permitting process early because the approval could take six weeks or more.

Permitted construction activities may begin after Oct. 4.

The water levels in Gantt Lake will not be affected, Ward said.

“We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation with the permitting process and construction schedule,” said Baynard Ward, PowerSouth Corporate Communications Manager.

The drawdown is scheduled to last until mid-December.

“Safety is PowerSouth’s top priority, and we urge the public to exercise safety around the lake and the dam at all times, especially during the drawdown,” Ward said.

Once the drawdown begins, public access points to the lake will be closed, including fishing piers and boat launches.

More information about the drawdown, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on PowerSouth’s website at www.powersouth.com/point-a-drawdown.