After record lows in 2012, Tuttle Creek recovering

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says recent precipitation brought Tuttle Creek Lake back to its normal elevation.

Brian McNulty, the corps’ operation manager, says the lake was at its normal elevation of 1075 feet by the end of the day Friday.

The Manhattan Mercury reports that’s more than 10 feet above the lake’s level last fall.

Last summer, water levels dropped because of lack of moisture. By July, the lake got so low that many marinas became unusable and boating hazards such as trees and stumps were exposed.

McNulty says now lake users just need the temperatures to warm up. The water is still too cool for good crappie fishing and it’s been too cool for many people to camp at the lake. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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