Carroll Lake Closes For Fishing Until 2017

Carroll Lake Closes For Fishing Until 2017

CREATED Jul 19, 2014

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee wildlife officials have drained Carroll Lake in western Tennessee to conduct repairs on the spillway gates to the dam holding back water after a rupture.

The regional fisheries coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Dave Rizzuto, says the late will stay closed until 2017. Rizzuto says the repairs will be a long process and an estimated timetable is proving difficult because of the uncertainties in the repair process.

Water began draining from Carroll Lake in early June after heavy rainfall and flooding caused the break.

The mayor of nearby McKenzie, Jill Holland, said the loss of the lake will leave a hole in the community, which won't have a recreational and tourist attraction.

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