The water level at Lake Hefner is about 11 feet below normal, even as water continues to flow in from Canton Lake. Without a crystal ball, there is no way of telling how the drought over the summer could affect water levels, which means big events like the Red Man Triathlon might have to find somewhere else to go.
The Red Man Triathlon is still seven months away, but there have already been worries that the starting bell might not go off at Lake Hefner.
Race organizers typically set plans by early Spring, but the risk of extremely low water levels later on in the year has forced them to play the waiting game. Boats stuck in the mud and exposed rock since last year show how low the water level at Lake Hefner have gotten. Drought conditions kept lake levels down, but not low enough to impact the triathlon's swimming leg.
The current levels are the same as they were during the race last year. Organizers said if the levels stay up, the race would go on as planned.
Water has been flowing from Canton Lake down here to Lake Hefner, but even in the best-case scenario, those levels would still be a few feet under normal, which could pose even more serious problems than canceling events later in the year.